Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Kathleen Ferrier - An Ordinary Diva|
Actors: Janet Baker, Robert Lindsey, Vivien Parry, Patricia Routledge
Director: Suzanne Phillips
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
A welcome tribute, but ...
Allan Life | Chapel Hill, N.C. | 06/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First broadcast by the BBC on the fiftieth anniversary of Ferrier's death, this documentary is a must-see for her admirers. It also serves quite well as an introduction to her unique gifts (a CD is included of her singing) and a personality that was both compelling and elusive. But for those in the middle, who value her best recordings without much knowledge of her biography, the film will prove more tantalizing than satisfactory. The single private film of Ferrier is edited and manipulated past the point of comprehension, and the same goes for the treatment of "Songs my Father Taught Me": a private burlesque of some of her own vocal repertoire that fortunately is available on a CD. The raw film footage in particular should have been presented near the outset of the documentary. More successful is the editing of interviews (most of them archival) with Ferrier's relatives and associates, and there are insightful comments from Dame Janet Baker, Ian Jack, and Christopher Fifield, the editor of Ferrrier's letters and diaries. On the downside: what misplaced desire to keep up appearances inspired the selection of Patricia Routledge to recite the words of Kathleen Ferrier? Ms. Routledge sounds as old as Ferrier would have been had she lived into this century, and she ends up reading from the singer's broadcast tribute to the Edinburgh Festival, in place of Ferrier's own voice in an archival recording!
Kathleen Ferrier - An Ordinary Diva
Patricia L. Schwatka | 03/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an absolutely phenomenal DVD about Kathleen Ferrier.
I had heard the name before, but I never had any idea everything she had accomplished, and how amazing her voice was !!!
HIGHLY Recommended !!!!"