Paul Van Nevel shares the melancholia and earthy tastes of the Renaissance and has been performing the music of the period for many years.
He combs libraries for forgotten compositions and insists on reading the original scores, finding nuances which guide his interpretations.
But he is also insatiably curious about the concrete realities of Renaissance life.
He takes us back to a world in which time moved more slowly, although lives were shorter, and the dead kept watch over the living, where dreams held sway and children saw mountains and marvels wherever they looked, when the age of exploration was still dawning and the ‘landscape’ still taking shape.
When Van Nevel contemplates theRead more Franco-Flemish landscapes into which all the great contrapuntists were born, he sees their compositions reflected.
Through him the hills and valleys suddenly start to sing Gombert, Manchicourt or Lassus and we become once more the dreamers of another age.
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 51 minutes
Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby 2.0 Read less
CHEAP VOICEOVER PRODUCTION KILLS GREAT IDEASJanuary 22, 2013By James Komar (Saskatoonh, SK)See All My Reviews"Two items are paramount on this DVD: the music itself and Van Nevel's ideas about Renaissanc music. The music itself is glorious, thrilling. Van Nevel's monologues, for the English-speaking audience at least, are presented with an Englich voiceover which is simultaneous with his delivery in Frnech. So you have the distraction of hearing both languages at once. If you try to minimize the French by turning up your volume control, you get annoying amplifier feedback pops and bursts. This is a pity, as Van Nevel describes some interesting concepts which are foreign to musical practice from say the 19th century on, such as determining tempo by acoustics and composing for specific acoustics. This DVD has great aesthetic and intellectual value. Too bad, it was ruined by the short-sightedness of a profit=hungry marketing philosophy. In my opinion, such a lack of pofessionalism does a disservice to Van Nevel, to his singers, and to Kultur (the producer). Perhaps it comes across better in the original French; but my French is not good enough. AnNd if all of this is not bad enough, neither sung texts nor a libretto are furnished with this DVD."Report Abuse
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