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.
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.
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. We realised at the time that it deserved to be captured. We hope you enjoy the results of this astonishing collaboration.
‘Soumik Datta is one of the UK’s finest young musicians’, Nitin Sawhney. ‘King of Ghosts is radiant’, Talvin Singh. ‘An incredible musician’, Anoushka Shankar.
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 Domenick Argento, Stephen Goss and Chen Yi.
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.
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.
King of Ghosts
‘Delicate textures and nuances…very evocative’
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’
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’
Mali in Oak
‘Sublime… Music, recording and presentation are rarely as beautiful as this’
‘A multi-stringed kora-guitar duo in perfect harmony’