Brian Barratt

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (153 of 169)
Location: Melbourne, Australia


Top Reviewer Ranking: 160,843 - Total Helpful Votes: 153 of 169
Pyramid Code [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Carmen Boulter
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ahem, 15 Feb 2013
In a useful analytical review of this series on another Amazon site, the writer sums it up as "fast-food pseudoscience". We could add "soap-opera pseudoarchaeology". Readers of Paul Brunton's "A Search in Secret Egypt", published in 1931 (I read it in 1952), will know that this sort of thing is old hat.
Puccini: La Boheme (Sydney Opera 2011) (Opera Aust&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Ji-Min Park
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In spite of a few small anomalies, I reckon this is a thoroughly enjoyable presentation of a much-loved opera.

It becomes immediately clear in Act 2 that the setting has been successfully moved from Paris in the 1840s to Berlin in the early 1930s. Café Momus in the Latin Quarter of Paris becomes a splendid but decadent Spiegeltent in Berlin. On the somewhat small stage of the Sydney Opera House this presented a far more engaging picture than the overblown, overpopulated street scene revealed in Puccini - La Boheme [The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008] [DVD] [2009].

What a joy it is to hear the two young lovers. Rudolfo is played by the Korean tenor Ji-Min Park,… Read more
Mozart: Die Zauberflote [DVD] [2006] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ann Christine Biel
Mozart: Die Zauberflote [DVD] [2006] DVD ~ Ann Christine Biel
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Magic, 16 Dec 2011
Magic is the word. We are transported back to the 18th century in the fully restored Drottningholm Court Theatre where the only concession to modern times, when it was restored, is electric lighting. Orchestra members and singers are all in period costume, and wigs. The musical instruments are authentic replicas and I have a feeling that some of them are original, the real thing. The counterpoint between flutes and bassoons, with elegant strings and softer-than-modern timpani, in a relatively small orchestra is sublime, particularly in The March of the Priests.

The singing is good throughout. The voice and acting of Laszlo Polgar, the Hungarian bass playing Sarastro, is more than… Read more

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