In 2016 I launched a new record label, Globe Music – capturing special collaborations at Shakespeare’s Globe. Bringing together some of the world’s finest musicians to commune in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this label attempts to bottle the unique environment where music and the theatrical meet. Our first disc, Songs from Our Ancestors with Ian Bostridge and Xuefei Yang was shortlisted for BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Year.
The second disc we made was historical music from our Broadway/West End hits Twelfth Night and Richard III. Claire van Kampen’s arrangements and selections form a jukebox of greatest hits from England and the continent of Elizabethan and Jacobean tunes that dazzled audiences in London and New York. The Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe brought it all together to record many of these afresh, mixing new tracks with live recordings straight from the Globe.
“Fabulous… Claire van Kampen has a pulse on the sound world of early modern England while speaking directly to a modern audience. Well-chosen and balanced…gives you a sense of how stellar the Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe really are…tight playing, arresting music and exciting performances.” – BBC 3 Record Review