'Dawn at Dusk: Late Night Recital by Dawn Upshaw'
(Dawn Upshaw, et al / DVD / NR / 2007 / Kultur Video)
Overview: Dawn Upshaw is one of the most versatile and talented of a new generation of American singers, equally at home on the concert platform and the musical stage. In this specially recorded late-night recital from the Royal Albert Hall during the 1996 Promenade Concerts, Dawn Upshaw ranges widely over the gamut of American operatic arias and popular songs from the 1920s to the present day. Ms Upshaw gives a truly wonderful performance, full of expression, harmony and sublime singing.
DVD Verdict: Dawn Upshaw is a leading American soprano, known for her exceptional interest in contemporary music, and is highly active as a recitalist. She was raised in Park Forest, Illinois, and attended college at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. She went to New York to study voice with Ellen Faull at Manhattan School of Music, earning her Masters Degree there in 1984.
Success came very quickly thereafter.
In this new DVD, 'Dawn at Dusk: Late Night Recital by Dawn Upshaw' we are transported back to a specially recorded late-night recital from the Royal Albert hall during the 1996 Promenade Concerts. Featuring the tones of the London Sinfonietta all tenderly conducted by Eric Stern - with Fred Hersch on Piano - Ms. Upshaw brings her exquisite ranges to the fore with a gamut of American operatic arias and popular songs from the 1920s to the present day.
In what turned out to be - as expected - one of the events to have been at, Ms. Upshaw's truly wonderful performance, full of expression, heart, soul, harmony and sublime singing is thankfully now here on DVD for one and all to enjoy ... over and over again. Included within this masterpice are the following songs:
Bernstein: Lonely Town, I Feel Pretty, Somewhere, Times Square, Village Vortex
Copland: Laurie’s Song
Weill: Lonely House, The Saga Of Jenny
Sondheim: What More Do I Need?, There Won’t Be Trumpets
Rodgers: Manhattan, It Never Entered My Mind, Why Can’t I?, I Could Write A Book, Nobody’s Heart / Little Girl Blue, He Was Too Good To Me
Gershwin: Someone To Watch Over Me, Do Do Do
Blitzstein: I Wish It So
This is a Full Screen Presentation (4:3), but does not come with any Special Features.