August 29, 2012
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. present a drama of Shakespearean proportions in music and the spoken word. Sir Laurence Olivier chose William Walton to write music for his first film as director, Henry V. Their joint creation is one of the greatest Shakespeare films of all time. Shostakovich’s music for the 1964 film Hamlet summons a dark power that has echoes in Bernard Hermann’s writing for Hitchcock’s films. The most beloved - and enchanting – incidental music to Shakespeare is Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.