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Kathleen Ferrier: A Film by Diane Perelsztejn [with bonus CD - Amary box] [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]

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  • Directors: Diane Perelsztejn
  • Writers: Diane Perelsztejn
  • Producers: Diane Perelsztejn, Françoise Gazio, Willy Perelsztejn
  • Format: Colour, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IPQ3CE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,354 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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April 2012 marks the centenary of one of the greatest and most beloved singers of the 20th century - the great English contralto, Kathleen Ferrier.
Hers was a unique voice, never matched or bettered in the years since her untimely death in 1953, aged just 41.
During her short but prolific career, she recorded many definitive interpretations of both sacred and operatic repertoire - all for Decca Classics.
Decca's previous Ferrier DVD, the best-selling An Ordinary Diva, has sold more than 20,000 copies since its release in 2004.
This new film is the first to come from France and the DVD will be accompanied by a special bonus CD featuring never-before-released recordings, taken from USA radio archives.

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I very much enjoyed the Diane Perelsztejn documentary of Kathleen Ferrier with lots of new material about the singer. The story is a very moving tale about a truly amazing and wonderful person. However, I was very disappointed by Charlotte Rampling's narration of the story. Why, when we know that Kathleen Ferrier was born and brought up in Blackburn Lancashire, and thoroughly British would the narrator decide to pronounce her family name as though she had been French. I found Charlotte Rampling's narration so pretentious in a way that it seems to me, Kathleen ferrier was so pointedly not. By contrast, to hear Kathleen Ferrier's speaking voice was a great treat which was not in any way 'affected'. It was such a pity that Diane Perelsztejn did not excert her editorial skill to correct something as basic as the pronounciation of the Ferrier name. Charlotte Rampling overall was a disappointment to what was otherwise a sympathetic and moving tribute to Kathleen Ferrier's, Oh so brief, life and work, whose achievements in such a sort time were stupendous. I have tried to get a copy of 'Kathleen Ferrier': An Ordinary Diva: but at the moment this seems to be unavailable. With the exception of the narrator, everything in the DVD - including all the interviews, excerpts of the productions in which Kathleen was involved, hearing her sister speak etc., was very lovingly and appreicatively done. Thanks.
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this film shows more of the Kathleen I knew so well, but I do wish the narrator would not give the name' Ferrier' a french accent - it was just not so! Congratulations, however, on finding material not previously known about.
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What an inspiration Kathleen's voice is. Her voice and presence speaks for itself. The film did not need the dubious theatrical inclusion of a modern orchestral group;this 'cheapened' Kathleen's greatness and the backing of the great International Orchestras she recorded with. Otherwise the film explored some new material & facets of Kathleen's life and genius in an interesting and more respectful way.
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I have been a fan of Kathleen Ferrier for nearly sixty years but sadly I didn't hear her in person.
The film is very sympathetically executed and although I have read all the books about her, some new information emerged.
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More than fulfilled our expectations - after buying other CD's we were eager to find out more about her life.
Very moving - both the film and her performances.
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