The Essential Dylan Thomas, CD-Audio
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CDs 1 & 2: Historical Recordings Under Milk Wood - the legendary historical performance with Richard Burton and cast Quite Early One Morning Return Journey to Swansea Poems and stories read by Dylan Thomas CDs 3 & 4: New Recordings Read by Philip Madoc, Richard Bebb and Jason Hughes Selected Poems including Fern Hill Do Not Go Gentle Poem in October Selected Stores including The Outing Peaches Visit to Grandpa The Fight And Death Shall Have No Dominion This varied, well-chosen selection brings onto one CD set the best of Dylan Thomas.

Here is the legendary recording of Under Milk Wood, with Richard Burton and Richard Bebb as narrators; but here also are two radio productions he wrote before that great classic, and though interesting in their own right, they show how Under Milk Wood grew gradually in his imagination.

Thomas was a charismatic if idiosyncratic performer of his own poetry and stories and here is a representative selection.

But performances of Dylan Thomas have moved on and the greatness of the writer as a poet and storyteller are perhaps best heard in new recordings by actors of our own time.

Here Bebb. Madoc and Hughes share some of Thomas finest, most challenging and endearing works.


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9789626343432



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This audio collection contains Dylan Thomas’s play <i>Under Milk Wood</i> along with several of his poems and short stories. <i>Under Milk Wood</i> is read by a full cast headed by Richard Burton, and the poems and short stories represent recordings by modern actors as well as historic ones by Dylan Thomas himself.This was my second go at <i>Under Milk Wood</i> (the first time was purely textual reading) and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. It’s definitely beautifully written with such a lyrical style, although it’s probably one of the least plotted plays I’ve ever read or seen. Dylan Thomas called it “a play for voices” and it’s more about hearing language spoken than anything else. The play follows the lives of various people in a small Welsh town, starting with their morning dreams and ending at that night. Mostly, we are just hearing what people are remembering from their past, what gossip is going around, etc. There is very little action, which makes me wonder how this play would actually work in production. (I’ve occasionally heard of <i>Under Milk Wood</i> being put on by such-and-such theater but never anywhere in my area.) The audio version was actually a bit hard to follow at first, so I took out my text copy and followed along until I got into the rhythm of it. Still, like I said above, I’m not sure what to make of it and that’s the reason I give this audio collection an only so-so rating.The short stories and poems were all amazing. I’m not the hugest fans of short stories as a general rule because I always find their endings a bit abrupt and that was still the case here, but they were so wonderfully rich in language that I thoroughly enjoyed them. Dylan Thomas was an extraordinarily talented writer, and I’ll be sure to read other works by him in the future.