Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Barbra Streisand The Concerts|
Actors: Il Divo, Barbra Streisand, Carole Bayer Sager, Tony Bennett, Alan Bergman
Directors: Barbra Streisand, Gary Smith
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Barbra Streisand is world renowned for thrilling audiences with her magical performances, her supreme vocal talent and setting box office records. Now fans can get front row seats to the best of Barbra Streisand captured i... more »
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Simply Streisand . . . simply amazing!!!
Donna Mentrasti | South Florida | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Those of us fortunate enough to have bared witness to the career of this amazing artist since the beginning, know we have been and continue to be in the presence of absolute one-of-a-kind greatness. Those that haven't and think they know and have heard greatness, you can't even imagine.
Even if one isn't into this genre of music, you owe it to yourself to purchase this DVD and experience some of what so many of us have had the pleasure of for what's approaching now 50 years! I tell you, you will become magnificently enlightened because there's been no other vocalist to date that can come close. Yes, she IS that much better than any other.
You will hear the message in every song, every expression. A message of truth and passion from an artist who must have been inside the heart of every songwriter whose songs she has interpreted through her soul and her magnificent vocal instrument. There can be no other answer to how she is able to convey the depth and meaning of a song, all the while commanding you to listen to the lyrics and feel the meaning the way the composer had intended, and all without you even realizing it. You will find yourself waiting to exhale after every powerful note, but the greatest power is in her ability to deliver a note so softly, so gently, as nearly a whisper--it will leave you breathless. I'm sorry, but you don't need to scream and high-power through every song to show you can sing, like so many today. The true artistry is in the nuances, the subtleties.
I recommend this DVD to anyone truly interested in having your heart and soul, not just your ears, entertained. And when you're done with this magnificent selection, treat yourself to Streisand from the beginning, from Funny Girl through the years to this piece of work . . . then you too will understand what millions of us have been experiencing for nearly five decades, and why we feel we have been in the 'presence of true greatness'."
Life cycle of an artist - work in progress continues ..
Allan Murchie | 03/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Concerts DVD documents another milestone in Barbra's career.
2006 is simply Streisand at 64. Fresh. Surprising. Intimate. Silly. Supreme. After a dozen viewings I'm thinking this is Barbra's greatest concert recording.
If you 'GET' Barbra, get the 2006 concert asap. I'm not giving any spoilers, keep the surprise for yourself.
My copy arrived from Amazon-UK mid March - who could wait? The inclusion of the '94 Anaheim Concert and Putting It Together (the making of the Broadway Album) makes this a must have set. The three UK discs are region free and PAL."
When will we see the likes of talent like this again?
Chasmn | 04/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is true that Barbra's voice has changed over time. In the 2006 concert DVD you will notice that her range is lower and there is, at times, some hoarseness, which I did not notice at the two concerts that I attended. Nevertheless, it is still a remarkable instrument and her interpretive abilities are in full force. If in doubt, simply listen to "Unusual Way". I recently attended a Celine Dion concert and, although her voice is in top form, as an audience member, I did not feel a connection to her singing. When Barbra sang "People" at the St. Paul concert, I was astounded at her ability to deliver this song to the audience after 40 years of singing it. She simply touched us all at the level of Soul.
In the 1994 concert DVD, Barbra was in top vocal form. I especially recommend the 1994 concert CD which is taken from her New York performance. Her rendition of "My Man" from that concert is vocally stunning.
Well my friends, I think that this 2006 concert DVD is Barbra's swan song, at least in terms of singing concerts. So don't be overly critical; simply watch and enjoy one of the greatest performers to ever grace the stage. When will we see the likes of talent like this again?"
Streisand at her best
Siep Kuypers | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was there, in 2006: Barbra in Las Vegas.
And again in 2007, in Berlin, Dublin and London.
Four wonderful concerts - and finally the DVD is here. It's everything I hoped for - and more. Barbra's simply brilliant: she's in great voice, sings songs she hasn't sung in ages and is very, very relaxed: she really seems to be enjoying herself.
This (Florida)concert is very close to what I saw in Vegas and Europe. The Bush skit is missing - many people don't mind, but I would have loved to have seen it here - even as a bonus.
The quality of this DVD is amazingly good. it has been shot in HD/widescreen and it shows. Both the picture and audio look and sound great, although this version of the concert is completely blown out of the water by the Blu-ray edition - but that's a different story.
Highly recommended - for the casual fan, the hard-core fan (like me) and anyone who simply enjoys great music - and a great performance.
Oh - and the Anaheim '94 disc, plus the bonus Making of the Broadway Album are more than icing on the cake. The Anaheim show features one of Barbra's greatest performances ever, while The Broadway album is one of Streisand's top albums - ever!