26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2008
If you enjoy quality music of a variety of stripes - new and old style folk, rock and roll, roots music, I promise you you'll enjoy this. This is irresistably good in every way.
My taste usually runs to electronic, ambient, and experimental and some punk and metal, so this is a radical departure for me. I do, however try to appreciate well done music of all kinds. This is definetely the real thing. I was impressed and convinced right away. What great songs! What great performers! Add up to mighty powerful music. Glen Hansard has incredible soul. He summons strong emotions from deep within and delivers them up like jewels snatched from the furnace in cracked raw velvet. Marketa Irglova provides the perfect refined counterpoint with her ethereal voice and light but sharp touch on the piano. There's something emotionally contagious about these two - they almost make you want to cry. I can't say why. This same quality shone through in the film "Once" also. What it is, I don't know, but they have "it". Glen Hansard tells a few stories between songs too - that is a nice surprise and definetely a bonus!
Overall the film is absolutely beautiful to look at. The lighting is gorgeous and every camera angle is interesting - the shooters were spot on throughout. The sound is amazing - very, very high quality for a live show. I almost felt like I was there. I wish I had been. It looks like an intimate show - up close and personal. Wow! Maybe about 200 people? They sure were lucky. The next best thing is this DVD of that experience - which is very very good. World class production and worth every penny.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2008
I was lucky to see them perform in Salt Lake City, so when I saw this DVD was available, I jumped at buying them. They won me over in the movie "Once," and seeing them live only cemented my love for their music and spirit. Both Marketa and Glen love what they do, and it shines through in every song. Her voice has gotten considerably stronger since filming the movie, and it's a wonderful surprise to hear after being accustomed to that soundtrack. And Glen...I can't say enough good things about him. He's funny and charming and so much adores his music that he can't help but pour himself into it with every note. There's the bonus of hearing some of the stories behind the songs in between, which definitely casts new light upon some old favorites.
I recommend this to everyone who enjoyed "Once." I have a feeling I'm going to be buying quite a few as Christmas gifts this year.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2009
Anyone who saw the movie ONCE, instantly fell in love with 'the guy' and 'the girl'. After watching this DVD of their concert in Seatle, we find that they are the same people we met in the film! They weren't acting! They're really, really nice people! And; Oh! My God!!!; the music!!!!! What a perfect blend of voices these two have produced. After watching this DVD, I felt like I had reunited with two old friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2008
Great songs, great perfomers, great show, great dvd... This is an incredible experience that you must try. I'm sure that you will enjoy it.Words can not describe exactly how this show is incredible.Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2009
For fans of the movie "Once", this DVD is like a Part 2 sequel to that story - the Guy and the Girl get back together and make music happily ever after.
Shortly after making that Oscar-winning movie (the Oscar was for their song "Falling Slowly"), Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (with Joe Doyle on bass and Colm Mac Con Iomaire on violin) recorded this live concert in this small intimate theater in Seattle, Washington on November 4, 2007. This DVD is part of a series of such intimate concerts recorded for DVD at the Artists Den.
The soft lighting, cleverly changing camera angles, and gorgeous colors are a visual treat by themselves. The audio is superb, the songs lovely. Hansard charms the audience with his megawatt personality, tells some jokes, and, in this small intimate gathering, even gets them to whistle along a few times. Irglova, then only 19 years old, is her usual shy self, frequently looking to Hansard while barely looking at the audience; she sits partly with her back to the audience at the piano. She wears what looks like a thin wedding band on her left hand.
The obvious affection and personal connection between Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova is out in the open throughout the show. It's apparent from watching them in this concert that the only acting they did in "Once" consisted of pretending to be strangers getting to know each other. Watching them in this DVD is like picking up the story line from the ending of that movie, with the Guy returning from London to his true love, the Girl, to tour the world doing concerts. Hansard and Irglova wear the same sort of earth-tone clothes as before and Hansard plays on the same thoroughly beat-up guitar with the extra holes, the same one he used in the movie.
The ending of the concert is really sweet and affectionate, and brought out a delighted standing ovation from the audience.
In January 2009, while in Australia playing at the Sydney Opera House, Hansard let out that they were no longer romantically involved, but were still really good friends. The two have continued to tour together as the Swell Season, and have a new album coming out in October.
If you loved the movie "Once", if you love the music of Hansard and Irglova, this DVD is a must-see.
In 2007 a film was released in most of Europe and the U. S. called "Once." Admittedly it is one of my favorites, and I thought the best of the year. After it became successful, the musical stars Glen Hansard, an Irish rocker from a band called "The Frames," and Marketa Irglova, a Czech émigré collaborated to tour as "The Swell Season." Essentially, some of "The Frames" were part of the group, but I believe they found other musicians as well.
The 75 minute concert was filmed for the TV series, "Live From The Artists Den" on the Ovation channel. It is tightly edited to keep the pacing consistent. As big a fan as I am, I did think the duo and their bass player and violin player could have used a bit more rehearsal time. Hansard is certainly the driving force with a powerful voice, a distinct difference from Irglova's almost fragile soprano. Together there is no denying they make sweet music. The session was filmed in November, 2007 at Seattle's tiny Good Shepherd Center Chapel, just a couple months before they would win an Oscar for their beautiful hit from "Once," "Falling Slowly."
Although this disc is a DVD and not a Blu ray, I was amazed at how good it looked. Great colors, artful direction and some interesting camera angles. The audio is a compressed Dolby Digital 2.0 but damn if it doesn't sound terrific. Here is a song list: Say It To Me Now, Lay Me Down, This Low, When Your Mind's Made Up, Lies, Falling Slowly, Golden, Pavement Tune, Once, If You Want Me, Concentric, Star Star. There are some brief interviews with Hansard that add a little time to the song list and some info on the Good Shepherd Center.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2009
Amazing...I played this concert over and over for days.
The music makes you want to cry it is so beautiful.
I purchased the CD but it is not as good as the concert.
You have to Watch the performance and listen and fall in Love.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2008
I saw the concert on Ovation TV. If you liked Once, you will like seeing them perform on stage. Easy to listen to.
on January 1, 2010
I highly recommend The Swell Season Live From The Artists Den with Glen Hansard, as I found it very enjoyable. I also recommend the movie, Once, and the beautiful song, "Falling Slowly,"from Once: Music from the Motion Picture, which Glen Hansard sings with Marketa Irglova. I first heard the song, "Falling Slowly," when Kris Allen sang it on "American Idol." I later learned it had won an Oscar for best song from the movie, "Once," the previous year. The song is beautiful and haunting when sung by Glen Hansard and Maketa Irglova. I found the movie, "Once," to be enchanting, with wonderful music throughout. Glen Hansard is a singer from Ireland, who performs with "The Frames," who have a lot of good albums. There are numerous clips of them on YouTube you can explore. They are wonderful live performers.
on September 5, 2012
For anyone who has watched the movie, Once, you're probably already familiar with the talent of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. They have formed The Swell Season and perform in a very intimate concert from The Artist's Den. You feel like you're there...and you leave feeling like you know them. The music is excellent...some of the same tunes that are from the movie, but also many other tunes as well. It was thoroughly enjoyable. The photography and lighting is good and enhance the concert's intimate nature. The sound is exceptional.