Hear Florence Welch and Rufus Wainwright sing a Shakespeare sonnet in new duet

Listen to a snippet of 'When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes (Sonnet 29)' now

Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch features on Rufus Wainwright‘s new album ‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’, a collection of nine Shakespeare sonnets performed by actors and musicians. You can hear Wainwright and Welch team up in the newly released snippet below.

Welch appears on Sonnet 29, which is titled ‘When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes’. She joins the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner on the record, which will be released to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 22.

The album also marks the first collaboration between Rufus and Marius de Vries since they co-produced the ‘Want’ albums. The idea for the album first came about in 2009, when director Robert Wilson asked Rufus to compose music for his ‘Shakespeare’s Sonnets’ production, first staged at the Berliner Ensemble. The San Francisco Symphony subsequently commissioned Rufus to orchestrate five of the sonnets, which they premiered in 2010.

Speaking of the project, Wainwright said in a press release: “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.”

Three of the sonnets featured on ‘Take All My Loves’ first appeared on Wainwright’s 2010 album ‘Songs For Lulu’, albeit in different versions. These are: ‘When Most I Wink’ (Sonnet 43), ‘For Shame’ (Sonnet 10) and ‘A Woman’s Face’ (Sonnet 20).

Meanwhile, Florence Welch is also set to collaborate with Skrillex and Diplo, the electronic duo known as Jack Ü.