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GLOBE MUSIC.

A record label from Shakespeare’s Globe

Globe Music was a project that set out to capture the intimacy of candlelit concerts in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The albums recorded are still available to purchase and enjoy.

Five musicians play string instruments on a stage
A musician sits at a drum set and reads music
Three musicians play wind instruments looking at sheets of music

A 17th century-style jewel box theatre, one of the great revelations of the space when it opened in 2014 was the crystalline acoustic that has quickly established it as a world class chamber music venue.

Our ambition for Globe Music was to bring together some of the world’s finest musicians in special, unexpected collaborations, to bottle a unique environment where music and the theatrical meet.

Listen to snippets below and download the full albums.

A video that was created for Soumik Datta’s King of Ghosts – the score was performed live and captured via recording as part of our Festival of Independence in June 2017.

KING OF GHOSTS

Sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta joins forces with City of London Sinfonia and Shakespeare’s Globe with an ecstatic original score for iconic filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s 1968 masterpiece, King of Ghosts.

This intensely charismatic music, part Indian classical music, part modern film score, part Hindustani dance, charmed and wowed our audiences when it played during the Globe’s Festival of Independence in June 2017.

Listen to a taster on Soundcloud or use the links below to purchase the full album.

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SONGS FROM OUR ANCESTORS

Celebrating the candlelit intimacy and storytelling environment of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Songs from Our Ancestors marks the debut release of Globe Music.

The album features two of today’s most incomparable and imaginative artists; tenor Ian Bostridge and guitarist Xuefei Yang. Their eclectic journey traces a poetic path through history and place, that is both global and personal; from Shakespeare’s contemporary John Dowland, through Schubert, Britten and Chinese folk music, to contemporary composers Dominick Argento, Stephen Goss and Chen Yi.

Listen to a taster on Soundcloud or use the links below to purchase the full album.

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TWELFTH NIGHT & RICHARD III

Celebrating the music from our award-winning 2012 – 2014 Broadway and West End productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, this album marks the second release from Globe Music.

Performed by the Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe on a wide array of rare historical instruments, the album features works by Morley, Holborne, Dowland, Gibbons, Mundy, and others, arranged by Claire van Kampen.

Listen to a taster on Soundcloud or use the links below to purchase the full album.

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MALI IN OAK

Mali in Oak brings together two of the world’s most unclassifiable string players – Nigerian master kora player Tunde Jegede and South African guitarist Derek Gripper – for a celebration of Mali’s griot repertoire.

Recorded in the intimate, candlelit ambience of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the release features a combination of duets and solos, with modern interpretations of classics alongside new compositions.

Listen to a taster on Soundcloud or use the links below to purchase the full album.

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REVIEWS

King of Ghosts

★★★★

‘Delicate textures and nuances…very evocative’
Evening Standard

‘Thoroughly satisfying’
The Sunday Times

Songs from our Ancestors

★★★★★

‘There could scarcely be a more distinguished debut’
BBC Music Magazine

‘Bridging the East-West classical divide: a trailblazing musical collaboration’
The Independent

Twelfth Night & Richard III

‘Fabulous…gives you a sense of how stellar the Musicians of Shakespeare’s Globe really are’
BBC Radio 3

‘[You] feel as if you’ve taken a time machine back to the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century’
B’way Tunes

Mali in Oak

★★★★★

‘Sublime… Music, recording and presentation are rarely as beautiful as this’
Evening Standard

‘A multi-stringed kora-guitar duo in perfect harmony’
Songlines

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