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Alfred Deller - Portrait d'une voix (Portrait of a Voice) [with bonus CD] [1975] [DVD] [2009] [NTSC]

Alfred Deller , Benoit Jacqout    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Alfred Deller
  • Directors: Benoit Jacqout
  • Format: Classical, Colour, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Harmonia Mundi
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00217A8PM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Then a young, 28 year old director, Benoît Jacquot met Alfred Deller in 1975 and !lmed a documentary-interview with the counter-tenor. Then aged 63, Alfred Deller answers Jean-Claude Biette's questions. This film is a combination of interview, portrait and concert. Whether as part of a sextet with the Deller Consort, of a duet with Robert Spencer's lute or during interviews, Alfred Dellers' relationship with the camera remains natural and spontaneous at all times, his speech of a rarely seen density. Found in the archives of the INA (the French National Audiovisual Institute) and subsequently restored, this !lm constitutes one of the few testimonies of Alfred Deller ever recorded on film.

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Alfred Deller - Portrait D'Une Voix

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5.0 out of 5 stars A miracoulous voice! 29 Aug 2009
Such a great artist needed to have a DVD-CD of high quality like this one! People of my generation ( I am 60) who had the chance to listen the Deller Consort personally (in Argentina in the 60's) will certainly appreciate this DVD for "collectors" . One step ahead of all the great "counter tenor/soprano" voices of this decade.. Even compared with Scholl, Jarousskiky , Crowe, etc....Deller was certainly the best from a musical expressivity point of view. The DVD gives a possibility to see how deeply involved he was on interpretation... Excellent idea to put together the DVD with the CD. All Renaissance-Baroque music lovers should have this DVD-CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deller Deserves Better 8 Aug 2009
By Michael Schulman - Published on
This DVD/CD package really doesn't do justice to the man who, back in the '40s & '50s, was responsible for re-establishing the artistic legitimacy of countertenorism after centuries of neglect. I was fortunate to hear, in person, Deller while he was in his prime, & still treasure - & play! - my now-antique LPs of Deller in his favorite repertoire of Purcell, Dowland & Elizabethan songs.

So I was disappointed when I bought & screened the DVD, a made-for-TV documentary from the mid-'70s, consisting mostly of an interview in which Deller explains & defends countertenorism. The interview is of historical rather than musical interest, now that countertenors like David Daniels, Graham Pushee, Daniel Taylor & so many others are, thanks mainly to Deller, no longer "curiosities" but taken for granted as integral features of today's musical scene.

The DVD also includes 5 English songs & scenes of Deller rehearsing madrigals with his Deller Consort. The singing on the DVD, as well as on the CD included with it, presents Deller late in his career, still a consummate artist though his voice, understandably, isn't as fresh-sounding as it once was.

At best, this set offers a historically significant memento of a major musical pioneer, but not representative of this great musician at his best.
4.0 out of 5 stars portrait of a genius 8 Nov 2010
By Raymond B. Brown - Published on
Just a quick review to say that seeing Deller discuss counter-tenors and his voice is new to me and therefore very interesting for me. I knew he was an essential figure in the development of contemporay counter-tenors and the early music movement, but I didn't know how courageous, intelligent and modest he was. He gives a clear idea of how he thought and acted to develop his new ideas, physical and mental. Then he demonstrates his ability and judgment.
The documentary may be regrettably short but I don't know of any others about him, and the CD is a beautiful demonstration of his talent.
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