J. Rippon

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (25 of 25)
Location: Staffordshire, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,422,567 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 25
Wagner: Tristan & Isolde [DVD] [2010] <b>DVD</b> ~ Wagner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I really cannot find any good reason to recommend this DVD. I personally like to see traditional settings, costumes and action which are in accordance with Wagner's stated and implied (in the libretto) intentions. I have never seen an "updated" or "re-interpreted" version of any of his operas that have added any new insight and have not actually diminished the original. This version does just that. For instance, Act 1 in Wagner's version opens on a sailing ship, with a seaman wondering whether the ship is being propelled by Isolde's sighs. In this version, the set consists of a number of moving riveted steel plates suggesting the hold of a tramp steamer; certainly no suggestion of a sailing… Read more
Parsifal: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2002]&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Bernd Weikl
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfection, 17 Dec 2009
Having viewed most of Wagner's Operas on DVD, I was coming to the conclusion that there are just three types of production; good singing performances with dreadfully pretentious settings/interpretations which trample all over Wagner's stated intentions (which applies to the majority of productions I have seen and is unfortunately still the current fashion); authentic productions with mediocre singing; and mediocre singing with rubbish production. Until now. This DVD has everything I have been looking for. The casting is nigh-on perfect with singing to match. Waltraud Meier, with her great physical beauty, wonderful singing and fantastic acting is a truly great Kundry. Siegfried Jerusalem… Read more
Talkin' To Your Hear/A Touch Of Velvet ~ Jim Reeves
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed blessing, 6 Dec 2009
I'm a great fan of Jim Reeves. I think he has a wonderfully rich and expressive voice and is a truly great interpreter of country music. The "Touch of Velvet" LP has some really excellent songs, beautifully performed. However, I really cannot stand the spoken items from the "Talkin' to Your Heart" LP. I find them nauseatingly sentimental and a waste of Jim's talent. But at this price, you can afford to buy the CD for the "Touch of Velvet" or, if you insist, ignore my advice and enjoy the yucky spoken stuff as well!