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Sarah Brightman: Live in Vienna (2009) Blu-ray 720p MPEG-2 DD5.1

Title: Sara Brightman – Live in Vienna
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Classical Crossover, Stage & Screen, Pop Rock
Artist: Sarah Brightman – Vocals; Chris Thompson – Vocals; Fernando Lima – Vocals; Alessandro Safina – Vocals; Mark Awounou – Guitar, Guitars, Vocals (Background); Amelia Brightman – Keyboards, Vocals (Background); Alex Grube – Bass; Reiner Hubert – Drums; Jan Eric Kohrs – Musical Direction, Organ, Piano; Gunther Laudahn – Guitar, Guitars, Vocals (Background); Roland Peil – Percussion; Jörg Sander – Guitar, Guitars, Vocals (Background); Tim Warburton – Leader, Violin; Ambassade Orchester Wien

Production/Label: Mexico | Zima Entertainment
Duration: 01:14:26
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-2
Audio codec: AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-2 26996 kbps / 1280*720p / 24 fps / 16:9
Audio#1: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Size: 16.06 GB

This is billed as a live recording of Sarah Brightman, and at some level no doubt it is one. There are photos of Brightman under the footlights, and an accompanying DVD contains more details about the elaborate production that goes into a show of this kind. The final product, however, is nearly as much a result of studio work as with any of Brightman’s studio releases. The end of each track captures a segment of audience applause, enthusiastic enough, and it is instructive that toward the end Brightman thanks the audience for its patience. Plainly not all was spontaneous. The live situation barely affects the features of Brightman’s voice that have made her so successful, so distinctive, and so reviled in certain quarters. Indeed, she comes through in its full strangeness here, where there are limits on the subtlety of the instrumental accompaniment, which tends to alternate between hushed tones and full-on bombast. Like Brightman or not, her singing is far from monotonous. She’s something like the female vocalists from ABBA, but with the advantage of vocal training, and if you step back from her voice and listen to it objectively, unimpeded by either fandom or animus, what you hear are weird sounds that just about nobody else could make. Listen to the opening track, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, noting the almost crowing sound Brightman makes in her upper register on the lines beginning with “Qui tollis,” and then again at the final little flourish. It’s not a sound that would be pleasant on its own, but in the electronic environment within which Brightman works, even in a live situation, it stands out in the listener’s mind. Brightman’s choice of material is canny. It’s noteworthy here for its pan-European base-covering — Brightman sings in several languages, often within the course of the same number — and its corresponding lack of influence from American pop. Brightman had a hand in several numbers, and her producer Frank Peterson shaped several others. This is Europop at its splashiest and most elaborate, inflected in a classical direction, and few people do that better or more distinctively than Sarah Brightman, “live” or not.

1 Pie Jesu
2 Fleurs Du Mal
3 Symphony
4 Sanvean
5 Canto Della Terra
6 Sarai Qui
7 Attesa
8 I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)
9 Storia D’Amore
10 Pasión
11 Running
12 Let It Rain
13 The Phantom Of The Opera
14 Time To Say Goodbye
15 Ave Maria


Disc Title:     Sara_Brightman_Live_Vienna
Disc Size:      17 252 055 707 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        No
BDInfo:         0.5.8


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Length:                 1:14:26.833 (
Size:                   17 081 733 696 bytes
Total Bitrate:          30,59 Mbps


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