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

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  • Actors: Anna Russell
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Video Artists International
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Dec. 2001
  • Run Time: 85.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R5G5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,323 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Anna Russell, The Crown Princess of Musical Parody, recorded live at the Baltimore Museum of Modern Art, November 7th, 1984 Accompanying her at the piano is Robert Rosenberger. AUDIO - Mono, FORMAT - 4:3, Colour, NTSC. REGION - 0/All Regions, RUNNING TIME - 85 mins.

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By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2003
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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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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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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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There are very few people who can make me laugh out loud, but Anna Russell can do it every time - over and again. Her humour is combined with a high level of musicality. The explanation of how she came by that pink chiffon dress is a classic.
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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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