Without the right actors, puppy love could never become the grand passion that tragedy requires after Romeo and Juliet are secretly married by Father Laurence (a splendid Pete Postlethwaite) in defiance of their families. DiCaprio delivers the line "I am fortune's fool" with wrenching power as violence seals his fate. Luhrmann goes hog wild for the climactic double suicide on a flower-strewn altar lit by 2,000 candles, with Romeo swallowing a lethal drug picked up from a seedy dealer (M. Emmet Walsh) and Juliet holding a semiautomatic to her head. Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.
During 1947-1950, Stokowski made a series of excellent recordings with the Philharmonic: Copland - Billy the Kid, Griffes - The White Peacock, Ippolitov-Ivanov - Caucasian Sketches - In the Village, Khachaturian - Masquerade Suite, Messiaen - L'Ascension, Schoenberg - Gurre-Lieder - Song of the Wood Dove, Sibelius - Swanwhite - Maiden with the Roses, Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy, Tchaikovsky - Francesca Da Rimini, Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings - Waltz, Vaughan Williams- Symphony no 6, Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves, Wagner - Overture to Rienzi, Wagner - Overture to the Flying Dutchman, Wagner - Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music, Wagner - Siegfried's Journey Down the Rhine, and Funeral Music.
Not anymore. Written at the beginning of Shakespeare's career as a playwright, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (c. 1595) is now considered to be the greatest love story of all time. It wasn't a , either: the play was so popular in its own time that it was published twice during Shakespeare's life (1597 and 1599). Considering the state of printing press technology at the time, that's kind of a big deal.
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5 and Romeo nd Juliet (CHANDOS / SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCH)
5 and Romeo and Juliet Overture, early electric recordings conducterd by Franz Schalk, and a 1954 Metroopolitan Opera Andrea Cheniér with Mario Del Monaco and Zinka Milanov (PRISTINE)
6/Romeo and Juliet (Philharmonia O/Cantelli)
Therefore, it was only natural he write a musical interpretation of one of Shakespeares greatest tragedies, Romeo and Juliet, which I had the please of seeing
ROMEO AND JULIET: FREE BOOKNOTES - TheBestNotes
But Romeo and Juliet is not just about what happens when two hormonal teenagers collide. It's clear to anyone who's watched that getting what you want out of young love isn't always all it's cracked up to be. The real moral of the story here is that sometimes love is doomed to fail, and that applies no matter how old you are and what time you're living in.