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Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Live (1997)

Mannheim Steamroller  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mannheim Steamroller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: American Gramaphone
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 1997
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305159823
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Live" on IMDb

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1997 live holiday release from Chip Davis and his Mannheim Steamroller. Filmed by 24 cameras and backed by 64 tracks of digital audio, this concert video looks and sounds great. An optional subtext provides brief but incisive information about each musical number--there's no annoying, running oral commentary to obscure the music, but a few well-chosen words placed at the beginning of each number to heighten the enjoyment and understanding of each piece.

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Mannheim Steamroller's music is incredibly moving by itself, but add an enthusiastic live performance by some very animated musicians and an intense multimedia presentation and the result is even more powerful. This 56-minute Christmas concert features many favorite numbers from the album Christmas in the Aire, but "Joy to the World" perhaps best epitomizes that distinctive Mannheim Steamroller sound: powerful synthesized melodies and harmonies, an intense drive and pathos, and skillful ornamentation. The accompanying fireworks on a huge, over-stage screen add a striking visual dimension to the song. Several Renaissance-inspired numbers like "In dulci Jubilo" and "Wassail, Wassail" showcase unusual Renaissance instruments and are paired with a rich, on-screen portrayal of a Renaissance feast. The instrumental, theatrical, and multimedia performances are beautifully, effectively done. The album ends, as Mannheim Steamroller tradition dictates, with "Going to Another Place," an all-time fan favorite.

Filmed by 24 cameras and backed by 64 tracks of digital audio, this concert video looks and sounds great. An optional subtext provides brief but incisive information about each musical number--there's no annoying, running oral commentary to obscure the music, but a few well-chosen words placed at the beginning of each number to heighten the enjoyment and understanding of each piece. --Tami Horiuchi


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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
The Mannheim Steamroller may not be a name that you are quickly familiar with, but you have heard their music if you listen to the radio, watch TV or walk through stores during December. These talented performers from Omaha, NB put on one fantastic show and this DVD has captured the magic of their performance perhaps even better than being there live!
Using twenty-four 35mm cameras and 64 tracks of digital audio, this concert is recorded to bring magic to your playback system. The sound is spectacular, and the images are almost magic. You will hear the music, and see the performers (often backed by beautiful multi-image scenes to enhance the mood) as well as music video type inserts to keep the viewer's attention.
The performance includes 16 selections, ranging from the traditional to the eclectic holiday music. Their version of Silent Night, listed as Stille Nacht, is five and a half minutes of music magic. It must be heard!
As if the performance is not enough, this disc includes performance descriptions, interesting facts about each song and production notes.
Just to make sure that no producer or studio suit makes decisions that might adversely affect the creative genius of this group, they own the studio, and arrange and produce all their own material. To keep the live performance as razor sharp as their recordings, each performer wears a headset and listens to a click track while perfoming.
The perfect DVD to include with that DVD player you are giving as a gift.
From American Gramaphone
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, Incredible quality. November 21, 2003
Format:DVD
The music is awesome. The sound is perfect. It's almost like being there. I prefer widescreen dvd's, but this one shows only a small loss of sharpness when played in widescreen mode. I particularly like how they change between showing the musicians and the over-stage screen. What a show this is!
This DVD is 55 minutes long. It is a recording of a live Christmas concert from the Orpheum Theater in Omaha. According to the technical notes here, it is recorded in Dolby Digital 4.0.
The DVD includes these songs: Angels We Have Heard on High; Chip's Intro; Christmas Lullaby; Pat A Pan; Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; Los Peces en el Rio; Joy to the World; Gagliards; In dulci Jubilo; Wassail, Wassail; Carol of the Birds; I Saw Three Ships; God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen I; God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen II; Stille Nacht; Going to Another Place. I highly recommend this dvd to anyone who loves Christmas carols. It is a must-see for Mannheim Steamroller fans.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Yuletide is Mannheim Steamroller Christmas!" December 11, 2002
Format:DVD
Chip Davis concerts are without saying, an experience in the realm of music and sound that will stay with you for days upon a time. As leader of the legendary Mannheim Steamroller, his knack for selecting the proper music for each performance is astounding. I've seen his concerts many times, but this last one in December of 2002 was seen through the eyes of my grandchildren Nick and Alexis. They sat there spellbound, feeling each emotion in the transition of the musicians and orchestra that sent your head reeling with joy and excitement. Nick, who is 12 years of age, took the CD that he purchased at the concert to school with him the very next day and gave a talk about the concert. His class was very impressed with the CD and his presentation of the evening's music. The reason I mention this event is the album I'm about to review has most of the cues inclusive ~ "MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS LIVE".
Mannheim Steamroller has a unique sound, probably some of the most talented musicians around today. As usual the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround takes you into another dimension, with picture perfect clarity that makes you feel like you're right there in the audience. Mannheim Steamroller are enthusiastic in their performance in a live fashion ~ leading the way is Chip Davis (drums/perccusion/recorders/toys), Jackson Berkey (piano/harpsichord/keyboards), Arnie Roth (concertmaster/violin), Almeda Berkey (harpsichord/keyboards), Ron Cooley (guitar/fretted instruments), Roxanne Layton (recorders/percussion) and Chuck Penington (conductor) This 56 minute "Christmas Live" concert takes us from the real world on a journey of delight featuring many favorite cues from the past Christmas albums.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Christmas show December 3, 1999
Format:DVD
I loved every minute of this album. The music is so alive, it's almost like being in Omaha. I've seen the Mannheim Steamroller gang in concert for real - and this is almost as good - the only thing missing is the Christmas village display. Even my 66 year old dad likes this one - and he *despises* rock and roll <G>.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely astounding September 19, 2000
Format:DVD
Coming from someone who's been a fan of this group's Christmas music for many years, take this as the definate word that this DVD is a definate masterpiece by Mannheim Steamroller. If all of their past work was building up to something, this would be the culmination of their efforts. The visuals are amazing, and the music video/mini movie set to "Pat A Pan" even choked me up (very sad). The sound was incredibly well produced, and the video was stunningly mastered. Makes me wish I had a digital capable TV with component inputs. Even if you've only heard of Mannheim Steamroller, and you've got a DVD player, BUY THIS DVD. You'll be very glad you did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What would Christmas be without Mannheim Steamroller classic music.
Published 1 month ago by James R.
5.0 out of 5 stars music
This is an excellent dvd....they are wonderful and it is perfect for the holidays or at any time of the year...thanks
Published 7 months ago by Angela Magnano
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHRISTMAS MUSIC
This is a collection of some of Mannheim Steamroller's greatest Christmas music. It's always fascinating to see not only a live performance of this music, but a theme assisted by... Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Pearrow
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Mannhaim Steamroller, you'll love this
I thoroughly enjoy Mannheim Steamroller and their number of Christmas CDs. In this late 90s DVD that they released, you get to see several of their most popular songs performed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by John R. Huddlestun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great group
Have many of their albums. Looking forward to this one. It was a Christmas gift. I know the person was delighted to get it. Thanks.
Published 9 months ago by Nancy Pulsipher
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT !!!!!!!!
great cd with big sound ,I would remcommend it to every one that loves big and a different sound !!
Published 9 months ago by dave s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It, Saw this years ago on Directv
Have tried for years to finds this...
Watched it about 10 time with family and friends.
Would like to buy more copies for Christmas presents
for next year..
Published 9 months ago by Allyn Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Mannheim Christmas
I was looking for a Mannheim Steamroller Christmas video to watch this Christmas Eve. Even though it is a few years old in recording time, It is great to watch the band action and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by William P. Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great part of the series
I love Mannheim Steamroller, and this was a good video. I was expecting some of the oldies, but I realize that I need to go back and buy the first DVD for that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gammy2Dove
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
Great music. Excellent filming. This group has created an amazing Christmas experience! You're sure to enjoy their collection of entertaining excellence.
Published 10 months ago by Pam Wise
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