Some notes on Sarah Brightman's
La Luna concert video
To shorten the main page about the
La Luna concert video and to
remove the not so important bits from that page, this page gives:
- This page contains:
- = notes on the release versions of DVD and VHS
- = concert broadcasted by PBS (USA)
- See the main page for:
- = some personal comments
- = contents of the concert
- = thanks, links and such
Release versions of DVD and VHS
- American release
The VHS (which contains only part of the concert as the list taken from
the web site of Amazon.com shows;
see track lists)
was released on 13 March 2001, and the DVD on 5 June 2001.
- European release
The DVD was released in Europe on 3 September 2001.
The VHS video for Europe is available too, at least via
NLstore.nl (a Dutch site), and like
the USA version it contains an abbreviated version of the concert.
About TV systems and DVD region encoding
There is a difference between the American TV system (NTSC) and that of most
of the rest of the world (PAL/SECAM). This means that VHS videos cannot
simply be exchanged; and even if your VCR can show the video of the other
system, your TV must be able to handle that too.
As for DVDs, there is also the region coding, preventing exchange of
DVD across the world in most cases.
The La Luna DVD from the USA is region free (according to the case),
but it is NTSC only (USA version) of PAL 4:3 onlu (European version)!
American DVD-players can in general not play the PAL/SECAM system, but
some European DVD-players can show the NTSC system (the TV must be able to
do that too, of course).
One big hurray for world standardisation and care for the interests of
the consumer !!
For more on this DVD problem, see section [1.19] of the excellent and
DVD FAQ by Jim Taylor
(465 kb!!); and see also
this map World
indicating DVD regions
The concert as it was shown on PBS
In December 2000 several stations of the American public TV system
PBS broadcasted a video registration
of Sarah Brightman's La Luna concert,
recorded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 4 October 2000.
Perhaps it is this concert that is released on video.
I am told that the PBS video did "not exactly follow the concert as we saw,
and the costuming and some settings are also different. BUT...it is great!
She performs every song and hits every note with perfection. (...)
Time to Say Goodbye and Nessum Dorma are even better
than when we saw her Eden concert."
[Link and italics by me.]
The PBS Web site
gave the following video contents, which differs a little from the DVD
(see the list at the main video page)
and thus also from the
full programme of the concert:
From the PBS Web site I would like to
quote the following:
| Winter in July
| Scarborough Fair
| Who Wants To Live Forever
| Hijo De La Luna
| Figlio Perduto
| La Califfa
| Pie Jesu
| Nessun Dorma
| Moon River
| Time To Say Goodbye
| Whiter Shade of Pale
| He Doesn't See Me
| There For Me
| Phantom of the Opera
| Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
| Music of the Night
| Deliver Me
Sarah Brightman's worldwide popularity continues to grow. August 2000
marked the beginning of Brightman's global 60-date "La Luna" tour,
starting in Brazil, spanning three continents and ending in Poland. The
performance special, SARAH BRIGHTMAN: LA LUNA IN CONCERT, features new
selections from her latest CD, which debuted at number one on the
Classical Crossover Chart and is now in the top 20 on the Pop Charts, and
familiar favorites. The program airs on PBS as part of the December 2000
pledge drive (check local listings).
Brightman's repertoire is expansive, ranging from Procol Harum's "Whiter
Shade of Pale" to a traditional rendition of "Scarborough Fair,"
popularized by Simon and Garfunkel. She will introduce American tenor Josh
Gronin in a duet on Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" and
Angelo Lazionda's "There for Me." Brightman will be joined for Andrew
Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" and Mozart's "Figlio Perduto" by a 12-piece
choir. Her lyrical adaptation of Dvorak's "La Luna" is the title and
opening track of the program.
The spectacle of SARAH BRIGHTMAN: LA LUNA IN CONCERT will be captured via
seven cameras, with more than 6,500 fans at the National Car Rental Arena
in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The lunar visual theme, costumes and lighting
promise to be operatic and dramatic.
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created: 28 September 2001
last modified: 20 November 2003