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Finally, the long awaited recording is made! Since 1990, Benjamin Bagby has been performing the great epic Beowulf at major festivals and venues around the world. Now we have his remarkable performance on DVD, beautifully filmed by the award-winning Swedish director Stellan Olsson.
While Beowulf has come down to us as literature, as a written poem, the epic's pre-literate medieval audience would have known it through the performance of a scop, a bardic storyteller, as Bagby presents himself here. In this one-man tour de force Bagby accompanies himself on an Anglo-Saxon harp. Using the entire range of his voice, he delivers this gripping tale in Old English, as it could have been experienced more than one thousand years ago.
This is a performance which speaks to the lovers of Beowulf and oral epic, early music enthusiasts, Tolkien fans, medievalists, and anyone searching for virtuoso storytelling or a glimpse into the fascinating beginnings of the English language.
While I do, in fact, love it, there aren't any other people who can perform the poem without a script. It's "incomparable".Published 14 days ago by anne savage
Enjoyable and theatric. I watched this on Amazon Instant Play, which unfortunately does not have the translated subtitles. Read morePublished 17 days ago by TNT
Extraordinarily good teaching tool and quite entertaining. The discussions about the music and particularly the musical instrument was a bonus. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robin
Amazon needs to stop selling this video until they digitize a version that includes the subtitles! I submitted a dispute and got my money back when I discovered the discrepancy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jason A. Clark
Fortunately, I've seen Bagby's live performance twice, with translation, and was able to enjoy the online video simply for the power of his performance. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BJ Swartz
I am very impressed and happy with this. From the description of the DVD that Amazon has provided (as well as customers' reviews), it appears that there are subtitles available in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Caraculiambro
I really like this. My daughter enjoyed watching as well and she's almost 3 right now. I like seeing the story told this way; I'd recommend this to anyone interested in becoming a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by William R. Giersdorf
Great performance but is missing the translation present in YouTube video making it difficult to follow I don't speak Old EnglishPublished on September 16, 2013 by Dennis Styefancic
I have seen several versions of the Beowulf story..This acting performance in a solo staging is a event to watch and feel. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Russell C. Peterson