on 11 February 2011
This lady is prodigiously talented - and this is an utterly mesmerising release. Witty, quirky, profound, laugh-out-loud funny, then desperately sad; sometimes all of these together, within the space of a few moments. Regina's startling originality - as composer, instrumentalist, and singer - can make her an acquired taste for some. On the other hand, if you're into no-brain, meaningless, mass-produced pap, requiring no effort whatsoever, then look elsewhere - maybe Alicia Dixon's got a new record out!
on 7 December 2011
I can't recommend this highly enough. I only discovered Regina Spektor a couple of weeks ago, and what a discovery! She has talent by the bucketload - whether as songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, arranger, performer - and it's all on show here. I've also listened to some of these songs on the studio albums and this live performance of them is every bit as good, sometimes better, IMO. There's much that's remarkable here - the sheer energy and commitment of Regina herself, her vocal and instrumental skill, the range of musical and emotional moods she carries you through, the unfailing interest and variety of the musical arrangements (using only a limited instrumental palette - Regina, violin, viola, two cellos and drums), the fact that the whole album comes from just one concert ... I could go on. The recording captures the live sound in superb clarity, so you can hear everything, and noticeably foregrounds Regina's voice - which is, after all, what we want to hear most. And the audience is *very* respectful - silent during the songs (apart from singing lovingly along every so often). I get a real sense of what it was like to be there - and I wish I had been! It must've been a really fantastic evening.
The DVD also gives a good sense of the atmosphere of the show, and its close focus on Regina herself leaves you in no doubt about her abilities as a performer, her rapport with the audience, and her charming lack of ego. In other respects, though, the video is pretty amateurish - very fashionable in music videos, but nevertheless showing no great skill. A few specifics - you only see the other musicians in wide shots or in the background of close-ups of Regina, the shots of the audience are random and fleeting, and the backstage/travel/soundcheck fillers are jolly, but largely predictable. It is also mostly slave to the very common idea that shots should not be held for longer than 2 seconds - which I find irritating and, ultimately, tiring. That said, one of the shots of Regina, with the string players in the background, which is used quite often, is a truly beautiful composition!
But don't let my criticisms of the DVD put you off. Think of it as just an added extra to the CD, to the music, which is a real treat. If you have any interest at all in Regina Spektor, buy this! You won't regret it.
on 1 October 2011
I've always been a fan of Regina and a Live Concert is always a way to better understand the way artists react to music.
AS you might know this recording as a special thanks to Daniel Cho, her cellist, it is a great way to say goodbye and thank for his dedication...
The included musics are a very good selection, including a must Samson and many of the new musics ;)
The price is amazing because it includes the Blu Ray :D, just bought another to offer to the friend that acquainted me to Regina
on 7 January 2012
I decided to pay a little extra for blu ray but was a little concerned that most live videos are poor quality and perhaps it wasn't worth it: however, apart from the shots of the audience and the "in transit between gig" shots the quality was excellent both sound and vision. And the performance was great- the audience showed respekt (or) and was quiet during the songs. Well worth getting.