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Belcanto: Tenors of the 78 Era 2

3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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The outstanding tenors of the 78 era include Lauritz Melchior, Helge Rosvaenge, Jussi Bjorling, John McCormack, Georges Thill, and Ivan Kozlovsky. This DVD includes 13 episodes each with a biographical and musical focus. This 2 volume edition features bel

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A16SI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2005
Format: DVD
This DVD was released as a VHS tape around eight years or so ago, but I did not see it then. It features separate thirty-minute segments, made for European television, on six great tenors of the 78rpm era: Lauritz Melchior, Helge Rosvaenge, Jussi Björling, John McCormack, Georges Thill and Ivan Kozlovsky. There is also some extended footage (in the Rosvaenge segment) of Max Lorenz. All great singers, all coming of age just as recording and sound film was gaining popularity, each singer has his own segment featuring much film footage, often played while their sound recordings act as underscoring. There is much talk with elderly folks who knew and worked with them -- some of them have widows that were still alive when these documentaries were made -- and discussions by various experts in the art of singing, most important of which -- and most valuable of which -- those by the voice maven Jürgen Kesting, who also wrote the booklet notes. Among the other experts are John B. Steane and the irritating but knowledgeable Stefan Zucker. (There is, in the extra segment [about which more below] a hilariously awful video clip of him demonstrating in his peculiarly ugly voice an aria from a bel canto opera.]

This is not a film for people who want simply to hear these great singers exercising their art. It is, rather, a documentary that mixes biography with discussions of vocal technique. Fascinating as that is, it is sometimes frustrating to have the singing submerged or interrupted so that we can hear old friends chat about the singer in question. I might have preferred more singing and less talk, except from Herr Kesting, whose demonstrations via recordings of the abilities of the singers is most instructive.
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Seeing and listening to the Tenors of the past and their contributions to Bel Canto was worth the price of admission. Critics abound everywhere, both in print, academia and in the audience. However, if you have a favorite tenor or two, (in my case, Bjorling & McCormack), this is an opportunity to learn more about the history and development of Bel Canto and famous tenors. I thoroughly enjoyed the comments and analysis of Jürgen Kesting, throughout Part One and Part Two. Stefan Zucker has received much criticism during his career, no doubt, more for his singing affect and personality, than his actual music acumen. However, if you can keep and open mind, or in this case, an open ear..., enjoy.
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TOOOOOO!MUCH TALK....FROM SO CALLED? PEOPLE WHO "KNOW"...? I DON'T THINK SO.....SOME OF THE PEOPLE LOOK LIKE THEY ARE NOT ALL THERE...AND ARE VERY ANNOYING..ONE OF THEM EVEN TRIES TO SING, HIS NAME IS STEFAN ZUCKER HE SOUNDS LIKE A(DYING CAT)AND HE HAS THE NERVE TO TALK ABOUT..CARUSO,GIGLI ,SCHIPA,McCORMACK.....I DON'T THINK SO...!!

...THEY SHOULD STOP THE BULL TALK AND PLAY MORE OF THE MOVIE..IF I NEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW..I WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT THE DVD'S....SAVE YOUR MONEY...BOB
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