On new album 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets'
'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets'

Rufus Wainwright is set to release new album 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets' on April 22nd.

The album comes as the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death approaches, with the songwriter planning to use the poet's famed sonnets as a source of inspiration.

The record is a collaboration with Marius de Vries, and owes its roots to a concert in 2009, when director Robert Wilson asked Rufus to compose music for his 'Shakespeare’s Sonnets' production, first staged at the Berliner Ensemble.

Rufus explains: "For me, recording this album has been a marriage made in heaven, as it combines my love of classical music with my love of pop music. It’s literally historically fun. And made all the better by working again with Marius."

The album guest stars Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Anna Prohaska... and William Shatner! Intriguing scenes.

'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets' will be released on April 22nd.

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