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Item #:  D4391
Our Price: $19.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 123 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031439191
ISBN: 978-0-7697-8745-9


Availability: In Stock

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An LWT South Bank Show, presented by Melvyn Bragg, exploring the phenomenon of countertenor singing

With its unique, soaring beauty, the high male voice is today enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. Heirs to the celebrated castrati of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, today’s countertenors produce their voices by wholly natural means.

In this program international stars Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl and James Bowman, as well as pop star Jimmy Somerville, shed light on the appeal of the male falsetto. Meanwhile, experts such as Michael White place today’s countertenors in their historical context.

What emerges is a compelling portrayal of an unmistakable vocal style, rooted in church and operatic tradition, yet completely up-to-date, resonating louder today than at any time in the last two hundred years.

Following the South Bank Show is a 70-minute program of specially recorded performance material, showcasing the extraordinary talents of today’s most popular countertenors.

 

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Cast & Crew

JAMES BOWMAN
MICHAEL CHANCE
ANDREAS SCHOLL
JIMMY SOMERVILLE

Associate Producer Mathew Tucker
Produced & Directed by David Thomas
Edited & Presented by Melvyn Bragg
Photography: Catherine Ashmore and Hanya Chlala


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