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Sissel: Northern Lights
Sissel Northern Lights
Actors: Jos Carreras, Sissel
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2007     1hr 5min

Norwegian singer Sissel is joined by opera singer Jose Carreras for this glorious celebration of her music. The show was shot in Roros which is a sleepy Norwegian village and originally aired on PBS. Sissel rose to fame af...  more »


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Actors: Jos Carreras, Sissel
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Other Music, Classical
Studio: Denon Records
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 11/06/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 5min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Delightful Concert... Exquisite Singing... Excellent Picture
dooby | 11/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a seasonal concert marking the arrival of winter. It isn't really a Christmas celebration. For the latter, you should get the companion DVD, "Christmas with Sissel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square". This particular programme was staged for America's PBS in yet another valiant attempt by Norway's singing sensation to carve herself a place on America's crowded musical stage. The programme was filmed in the Norwegian mountain town of Røros, currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sissel sings in the local church where the audience can be seen sitting quietly in the pews. It is generally subdued in tone, quietly reflective and peaceful. Most of the songs are tied to the season or are hymns with a spiritual or religious bent.

Most of the songs are in English, including several penned by Sissel herself. My favourite amongst her own compositions is "Sarah's Song" a lullaby she wrote for her youngest daughter. "Like an Angel Passing Through My Room" is another exquisite song about a mother contemplating her child growing up and leaving. I especially loved the line "Love is one prolonged goodbye." Now who says Andersson & Ulvaeus couldn't write good lyrics.

Like most of Sissel's output, this is a wide ranging mix of semi-classical, folk, traditional and pop music in languages ranging from English, Norwegian, Danish, Italian and Latin. Sadly it is an extremely short concert. The entire DVD including the 2 bonus tracks and the slideshow of her trip, lasts barely 65min in all. Still, with 17 songs in total, it is packed with lovely music and absolutely gorgeous singing. I adored the Norwegian Christmas hymn "Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker" (My Heart Always Wanders/To the Stable Where Jesus Was Born). I especially enjoyed the Danish folksong "Der Er Ingenting I Verden Så Stille Som Sne" rhapsodising on the quiet stillness of snow. Sadly the lovely Swedish Christmas hymn "Koppangen" is not included on this DVD. It can only be found on the "Northern Lights" audio CD sold separately. Sissel is as shrewd a businesswoman as she is a gifted artist. My hat off to her.

Jose Carreras sings two numbers here. First a solo, "Amore Perduto," an Italian song set to Albinoni's/Giazotto's famous Adagio for Strings and Organ. Then a pop duet with Sissel "Quando Sento Che Mi Ami" where he sings in Italian and she replies in English. Carreras' duet highlights something you don't usually notice about Sissel; just how tall she actually is in real life - she towers over him; a stunningly statuesque example of Viking womanhood.

Through most of the songs Sissel is backed by the Trondheim Soloists and the Nidaros Cathedral's Girls' Choir. In their arrangement of Bach's famous "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", Sissel sings the instrumental part along with the rest of the orchestra while the choir sings the actual chorale (in English). Two traditional English folksongs are included, "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." I'm not too keen on the modern arrangements but Sissel can make anything sound beautiful. In the clearest sign that this was meant for the American TV audience, Sissel ends her concert with a folksong most Americans would be familiar with - "Going Home" (the rest of the world will know this as the Largo from Dvorák's New World Symphony).

The programme is shot and presented in 1.78:1 widescreen (anamorphic). Picture quality is fine for what is essentially a very subtly lit film, mostly church interiors and the dusky Norwegian landscape that presages the imminent arrival of winter. Sound is excellent but strangely only available as either 2.0 Stereo or 5.0 Dolby Digital Surround. No subwoofer channel. Make sure your main speakers are good enough to carry the lowermost notes of the double-basses and drums, of which there is a surprisingly large amount. An altogether enjoyable concert and well worth the price. For those wanting to watch it first before deciding on a purchase, PBS is scheduled to broadcast it during this 2007 Christmas season. You can check with their transmission schedule online."
It's all in the voice...
Gary L. Stanley | Silver Spring, MD United States | 11/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Unlike a lot of modern singers, Sissel doesn't need a lot of electronic 'noise' interfering with her beautiful voice. Apparently, I missed this show on PBS, but I just received the DVD and it's absolutely wonderful. I've been intrigued with Sissel's voice since discovering that it was she on the soundtrack of Titanic. On that soundtrack, there are passages wherein it's difficult to determine if the haunting sound is really an instrument or her voice.

I finally got it: her voice IS an instrument - and a lovely one at that. Highly recommend getting this DVD if you appreciate excellence in music."
Sweeping as the Northern Lights
S. Suomi | Flossmoor, IL | 10/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just listened to this concert on PBS. Sissel's voice just floated as Norhtern Lights in the Scandinavian skies. Her voice is beautiful and offered me a sense of peace and tranquility I really needed. Lovely."
A tremendous talent
GLM | Central PA USA | 01/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sissel has the voice of an angel! The only problem that I have is that there are not enough DVDs and CDs out featuring this beautiful lady from Norway with the Heavenly voice. I hope to see many more, and to hear her live in concert!"