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One of the most heartbreaking things I've ever listened to. In a uniformly excellent cast, David Threlfall is terrifying as Iago, and David Warrington exquisite in his agony. Anne Marie Duff is a charming Desdemona, increasingly baffled by Othello's abrupt change in attitude toward her. I put off listening to the last scene for a few days to build up my resilience: it's almost unbearable. One of the best of the Arkangel productions.
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The Arkangel voice actors put out a lot of energy into their lines, but the cadence tender to be jarring at times. There is no lack of emotional power in the lines of this play in themselves, but the actors seemed over-zealous to emphasize the emotional stress in their lines so that at times Othello, Cassio, Iago, Desdemona, Emilia, and Roderigo's lines came off as affected. Iago's lines were often delivered in a really low tone and with a halting pace. This effect can be powerful when sprinkled in, but tended (in my opinion) to hamper the lines' ability to communicate.
But, since the emphasis did fall on the important parts of the line (to clarify the meaning of those words by making it obvious that they were meant to be significant), this performance could be a good introduction to Shakespeare for first (or second or third) time readers, who are not yet accustomed to Shakespeare's syntax, style, and vocabulary.
Definitely worth a listen, especially if used for teaching or as an aid to study.
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