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Voices of Our Time - Ian Bostridge / Roger Vignoles, Chatelet Opera
Voices of Our Time - Ian Bostridge / Roger Vignoles Chatelet Opera
Actors: Ian Bostridge, Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     1hr 31min


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Actors: Ian Bostridge, Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Classical
Studio: Tdk DVD Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/20/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A Lovely Recital
shinji-the-cat | Los Angeles, CA | 08/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ian Bostridge is a unique phenomenon, more than a singer, he sort of paints with his voice. His recordings of Schubert are marvelous, here one can see him perform these, and lieder by Wolf, live. On CD, one grasps that he comes at the songs with a great intelligence, but on the DVD, one can see an integrated physical take on these songs, with his entire body part of the performance. Rather than standing properly as he sings, he weaves his head and body all over the place, making the DVD a true contributory companion to the audio recordings. He is gripping in a way not usually demonstrated by lieder singers, perhaps another trait he shares with his stated hero, Fischer-Dieskau. In short, a recommended purchase, which pairs nicely with the Dawn Upshaw DVD of the series- here, standard repertoire with a novel performance style, there more standard performance with an adventurous song list. Needless, to say, seeing Vignoles in performance, especially in the Erlkonig, is very worthwhile. As with all the DVDs in this series, the between song chatter adds little, on this particular collection, they are recorded at a much louder volume than the recital and as such are a bit jarring, but overall this is a highly recommmended purchase."
A voice teacher and early music fan
George Peabody | Planet Earth | 04/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

This program recorded at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris February, 2000, consists of two halves: the first part is dedicated to Franz Schubert, whose songs Bostridge has been familiar with for one and a half decades. The Schuberts songs, apart from 'Erlkonig' and the encore, date back to 1822/23 and are grouped by writer.

With Schubert came a new direction in the evolution of German songs; with Hugo Wolf it ended. Goethe and many of his contemporaries rejected Schubert, as the piano part of his songs was no longer just a supporting and leading instrument, instead it had become its own medium of expression. With Wolf, this independence reached an unsurpassable peak. It often seemed as if the vocal line loses in importance compared to the piano line with all its intense, facsinatingly strange chromaticism. (As a voice teacher I always hire an accompanist for performing Schubert pieces for students. You who play piano will understand why; because it is often incredibly difficult which supports the above information.)

Ian Bostridge in his programming performs four groups of Wolf songs demonstrating four aspects of Wolf's compositions: First he presents one song showing the melancholic side- Second five songs deliberately dedicated by Bostridge to the religious side of Wolf- Third group of four songs is dedicated to earthly love- and the last group of two songs sheds light on the humour in Hugh Wolf.

This is truly a well done video! From a teaching standpoint it has so much to offer especially when you hear the comments at certain points in the video of Ian Bostridge and his wonderfully skilled accompanist Roger Vignoles. Rogers' comments about what it takes to work with and accompany a singer are priceless. Would-be accompanists should take notes. And I was further enlightened by Ians' comments concerning his lineup of songs: why he chose them and the order in which he programmed them.

Included on this disc: thirteen songs by Schubert most of which Schubert lovers will recognize such as "Der Musensohn" and "Erlkonig" twelve songs by Hugo Wolf, some of which are:"Gebet"and "Abschied".

There are subtitles in five languages. Aside from all this the performance of both artists was superb and perfection personified. Ian's dramatic interpretation of each song keeps the listener constantly engaged in the action therein. After viewing this DVD I wanted so badly to see him in a "live" performance!"
Clark | 11/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After having long listened to Bostridge, I found watching him sing equally enjoyable. His technique, both vocal and interpretive, is fascinating. His interpretation is, as usual, superb, both with the Schubert and the Wolf; I, personally, got a kick out of the subtlety of his expression and how he understated things, depending almost solely on facial expressions to illustrate the music. Besides this, Vignoles' accompaniment complemented Bostridge's thoughtful style, and the program was beautifully ordered.

The commentary interspersed is interesting and somewhat helpful, but I wouldn't say it lends a great deal to the video overall.

*spoiler* Abschied as an encore at least doubled the value of the video, in my opinion. So buy this if for nothing else but to watch (and hear) his encores."
Ian Bostridge's incredible technique.
T. Bagdy | 03/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ian Bostridge's interpretation of Schubert stands alone. His technique is amazing. This DVD is outstanding with short interviews with Bostridge and Roger Vignoles, one of the "big 4" accompanists."