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Anna Russell: The (First) Farewell Concert [1984] [DVD]

Anna Russell    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Anna Russell
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Video Artists International
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Dec 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R5G5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed 'til I cried 5 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Honestly, I thought Victor Borge on how to write an opera was the funniest musical sketch I'd ever seen until I saw Ms Russell's "How to Write a Gilbert & Sullivan Opera" (& I am a G&S fan). Her expressions (and the quick change hats) are priceless.
Wind Instruments I have known could be paired with Michael Flanders' paen to the French Horn - again, the visual version is superior to the CD because of her "dead pan" delivery.
The entire disc is a gem - I really couldn't stop laughing.
Buy it for the music lovers in the family & get a copy for yourself!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful performance, but... 6 Jan 2006
By Doktor Futtocks VINE VOICE
Anna Russell deserves to be far more famous than she currently is. This DVD contains two of her signature routines; the DIY Gilbert & Sullivan and the side-splitting genius that is her analysis of Wagner's 'Ring' cycle.
The only thing holding me back from the full 5 stars is that this disc has performed 4 different ways in 4 different DVD players, ranging from normal playback, through distorted picture aspect, then monochrome to, in one brand-new multiregion player, a blank refusal to play at all. Caveat emptor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By 221b
I've been familiar with Anna Russell's shows for a long while on audio CD, and it was fascinating to put a face to the name - she's not at all how I imagined her! She is one of those unique entertainers who defies classification, but think along the lines of Joyce Grenfell crossed with Les Dawson and you won't go far wrong! This American recording from the 1980's includes her two famous set pieces - How To Write a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera, and An Analysis of Wagner's Ring Cycle, both of which are scathingly accurate and very funny. She obviously recites the whole show from memory - as the occasional lapses in this live recording prove! - which is a feat in itself. But for the Ring Cycle she accompanies herself on the piano - and at times her playing is pretty accomplished! The show finishes with an "authentic" Somersetshire folk song about an old sow which involves audience participation - and there can't be many shows that call for the suited middle class audience to snort and blow raspberries at the star!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Musical Spoof 9 Feb 2013
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This magnificent performance by Anna Russell is very funny for the music/opera lover. Her narrative of the Ring Cycle is hilarious and quite unique and her analysis of Gilbert and Sullivan is spot on. Anna Russell's send-ups are a 'must see' for the opera lover with a sense of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of her Classic Routines 13 Feb 1999
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This video, billed as Ms. Russell's "First Farewell Concert," features almost all of her best routines including: a lecture in her series "Wind Instruments I Have Known," "How to Write Your Own Gilbert & Sullivan," and "The history of the Folksong." Of course, no Anna Russell collection would be complete without her analysis of Wagner's "Ring der Nibelungen." Creating great parody requires even greater knowledge of the subject being parodied, and Anna Russell, having studied at the Royal College of Music, is well qualified. The only other routine I would have liked to see on this tape would be "Introduction to the Concert (By the Women's Club President)." Truly classic Anna Russell! I'm glad this only the "First" farewell condert. I'm looking forward to many more. P.S.-- During the last folksong, look for a famous newscaster in the audience.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anna Russell's Farewell is bittersweet 9 Aug 2006
By Tess Goodwin - Published on
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I know Anna Russell exclusively from earlier audio-only recordings which I have listened to many times and practically memorized. While it was terrific for me to see the ole gal in action, she is clearly not "up to speed" and the result is more sentimental than otherwise. Still I recommend her as one of the "greats" who has not had nearly enough American exposure. God Bless Her Majesty of Mirth.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless no matter what... 22 Aug 2006
By D. Eichenwald - Published on
While I grew up listening to the old double album, I was also lucky enough to see Anna Russell during her "first farewell" tour. It didn't matter a bit that she'd lost some of her vocal range, and during the performance we saw, at least, she accompanied herself (!). This DVD is just a wonderful reminder of one of my favorite people. And yes, the 'newscaster' appearance is fun...
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ANNA RUSSELL... A FUNNY LADY 21 Feb 2006
By G. Faulkner - Published on
I have listened for years to Anna Russell's great monologues of Wagner's operas or Gilbert & Sullivan's operettas,etc... and I thought that seeing her on DVD would be a bonus... But although she was entertaining, I think that I prefer the audio cassettes and let my imagination draw the pictures...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars musical humor 2 April 2010
By V. Williamson - Published on
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Anna Russell at her most hilarious. Contains, among other things, the Ring Cycle. No matter how many times one plays this, one laughs and laughs.
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