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Alide Kohlhaas
The Seniors Review, November 2014

John Milton’s Samson Agonistes is seductive to listen to as read by Ian Glen as Samson and Samantha Bond as Delila, with a large supporting cast. Published by the blind Milton three years before his death, it is a dramatic poem not meant to be performed on stage. The work references Milton’s own world and his deep disappointment in the Restoration. The work has a misogynous tone, but the poetry makes one ignore it and enjoy the powerful words. © 2014 The Seniors Review




AudioFile, May 2014

Iain Glen and his supporting cast give listeners everything we need to follow this seventeenth-century disquisition on faith, duty, and blindness, both physical and moral. Glen’s Samson is agonized by guilt and faith but is energized out of his despair by the taunting visit of Delilah, wonderfully portrayed by Samantha Bond. The rest of the cast is nearly as good, making Milton’s iambic pentameter as understandable as ordinary speech, but more thrilling. …this is a first-rate performance of a classic work. © 2014 AudioFile Read complete review





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