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Jessye Norman - A Portrait

Release Date: 04/22/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001105909  
Composer:  Maurice RavelFranz SchubertRichard StraussWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Jessye Norman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An intimate and in-depth portrait of one of the world's greatest sopranos, a true primadonna assoluta!

Yves Saint Laurent's garden paradise in Marrakech provides the lush, tropical background for this deep insight into Jessye Norman's professional and private life. Filmed by German film maker Andre Heller this DVD gives a deeply personal and emotional portrait of one of opera and lieder's most respected exponents.

The film also includes 13 specially-staged performances in fantastical settings of her repertoire, of pieces by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Ravel, Schumann, Mahler, Wagner, Purcell and Schubert and Berg. The performances give a beautiful and unique look at the artistic world of this very
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Filmed in widescreen, this is the first new Jessye Norman DVD for many years and is significant for being the only programme-length, in-depth interview film of both the public and personal sides of someone with a reputation for being fiercely protective of her privacy.

Amongst many other subjects, Norman discusses her childhood, family, her idols, working relationships with different conductors and directors, how she chooses repertoire, her career path, her political views, relationships, attitudes towards religion, and her aspirations and dreams. The wide range of interview matter, coupled with the striking performances, make this DVD a fascinating, unusual and essential product for all vocal afficionados and certainly for the many fans of Jessye Norman.

Format: NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Region: All
Sound: LPCM Stereo / DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish
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Works on This Recording

Vocalise en forme de Habańera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Songs (4), Op. 2: no 1, Erwartung by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Early Songs (7): no 3, Die Nachtigall by Alban Berg
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Austria 
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Four Last Songs, AV 150: no 3, Beim Schlafengehen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Great day by Traditional
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Written: USA 
Kindertotenlieder: Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 

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 The character of Jessye September 8, 2015 By Malcolm D. See All My Reviews "The program alternates between old performance videos and a long personal interview. While the technical aspects are not of the best quality, as an intellectual portrait the DVD is outstanding." Report Abuse
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