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Carols From Kings [DVD] [2000] [NTSC]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
. . . is to listen live to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on BBC 4. Unfortunately your 3:00 PM is my 7:00 A.M. (and I'm a night owl), so I don't usually survive the live programme and have to tune into "Listen Again." As wonderful as listening to the service is, I always feel a bit frustrated not being able to see it. Fortunately, the BBC has produced this DVD of the 2000 service, which I watch every year just before midnight (PST) on Christmas eve.

Although the cameras, which focus first on the chorister singing "Once in Royal David's City" under the Reubens Altarpiece, are limited by the narrow space, they nevertheless make the most of their magnificent surroundings. We experience the light fading from the tall windows; the gradual darkening of the fan vaulting; and the warmth of the candles on the faces of the choristers as their glorious music reverberates through the late gothic Chapel.

The diction of the readers--in those splendid acoustics--is excellent so that it doesn't matter that I cannot manage to get the English subtitles working (perhaps a glitch that pertains to my disc only). The BBC has provided a libretto of the lyrics, but I would prefer to see them as subtitles while I am watching--in the case of subsequent verses or unfamiliar carols. There is a "carols only" option, but since the lessons are an integral part of the service, and they are read so beautifully, I can't imagine not wanting to hear and see this DVD in its entirety.

There is a very interesting archive presentation of the 1954 service, at which we see then director Boris Ord beating time with his finger rather than conducting. A fascinating conversation between Directors Emeriti Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger, and present Director Stephen Cleobury, discussing the the choir under their respective tenures, completes the set.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2010
The annual service of the Nine Lessons and Carols performed by the
Kings College Choir in Cambridge England is something I have dreamed
of attending. With this beautiful DVD I can feel as if I am there. The DVD shows the
service from the year 2000 in color, plus a black and white film of
the 1954 service which is of remarkable sound and visual quality.
the differences in the two services demonstrate the social changes in
The Church over the past 50 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought the NTSC version although I live in Catalonia. It works, I can play it in my DVD player and in the PlayStation 3. And it was cheaper than the PAL version.
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on 7 January 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. It was a bonus to see, and listen to, the 1954 recording,: plus the discussion at the end.
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on 28 February 2015
As a lover of this type of music just one word. Excellent.
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on 31 December 2014
This is excellent and I really enjoyed watching it.
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on 25 January 2015
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