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The Art Of Singing [DVD] [2000]

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Format: Black & White, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • 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: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004UF02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,333 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A celebration of some of the greatest voices that have graced the world of opera in the twentieth century. There is rare archive footage of the greats including Bjorling, Caruso, Callas, Chaliapin, De Luca and Wunderlich.

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Many illustrious opera stars of the twentieth century are featured in sound and vision in rare, footage much of it previously unavailable. Accompanying booklet includes comprehensive notes by John Steane. Contributions from Kirk Browning, Schuyler Chapin, Thomas Hampson, Giovanni Martinelli, Magda Olivero, Nicola Rescigno, Rise Stevens and Jon Vickers.

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By A Customer on 5 July 2004
Format: DVD
A wonderful production for students of singing. If you want to feel a part of something bigger and more historic watch this then discuss it with your singing teacher (providing that your teacher is over 50 and does actually know who these singers are). The footage of Bjorling and tebaldi is fantastic, notice how bored bjorling looks when tebaldi is singing! Camp performances were the norm back then as Martinelli and Schipa prove. Above all you can listen and watch the finest singers of the recording era do waht we can only aspire to do. Don't buy this to improve your singing. Buy this to improve your art.
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By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
The title of this DVD is rather misleading. This is an introductory presentation of some of debatable "Golden Voices of the Century": "An introduction to the Art of Singing" and not "The Art of Singing". Although I do appreciate seeing some footage that I was not aware of, I am left with a need of a further 5hrs minimum of more insight about each singer.Perhaps the intention of the producers was only to wet my appetite. What this film relies on is drama. And its choice of singers is based on drama only. There is very little mention of particular techniques used by singers.
What is delightful however is to be able to see most footage of any arias or Lieder in full. Perhaps better commentary, more technical information and more personal anecdotes would have produced a more exciting and enriching DVD.
I suppose this would make a great birthday or Christmas gift, but I wouldn't recommend it for any connoisseur.
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I had watched the La Boheme clips featuring Bjorling and Tebaldi on YouTube many times and was therefore delighted to find the whole of the final scene from Act 1 intact on this album on Amazon. It really is worth the money for that wonderful scene alone. The pair both had such beautiful voices. Although some of the dialogue can seem a little tedious, there is some decent facts relating to the early 'golden voices'. The one thing that surprised me was that there were no subtitles when Magda Olivero was speaking about her experiences - in Italian? It would have been nice to understand what she was talking about. It was hearing Pavarotti that first got me into listening to opera and this just goes to prove that there were many other wonderful voices around long before the great man.
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I am very happy with this DVD, it contains a wealth of archive material from the Dawn of Recording with Caruso right up to Fritz Wunderlich. Justa glance at the list of singers whetted my appetite for it.The three arias from Act1 of La Boheme sung by Jussi Bjorling and Renata Tebaldi are a joy, and justify the purchase. Sadly there is no complete recording of Bjorling and Tebaldi singing this opera that I have ever come across.

I would recommend this to any opera lover
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