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Best Music DVDs of '09

If you're looking for a change of pace from the usual feature film, consider these fascinating documentaries of emerging young musicians, world-renowned performers of our day, or unusual looks into the world of opera.

 
From the Top at Carnegie Hall Season 2
(DVD) ML 81.F76 2009x
This is a joyous and inspiring documentary of young classical musicians preparing for their New York Carnegie Hall debut, hosted by the acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley.
 
Paul McCartney in Performance
(DVD)ML 410.M115 P43 2009x
Seldom-seem footage of McCartney with the Beatles and in solo appearances distinguish this video retrospective. Fans will also hear the sometimes contradictory views of Paul himself.
 
Ravi Shankar in Portrait
(DVD) ML419.S49 R48 2009x
Possibly the definitive video account of one of India's most celebrated musicians, this 2 disc set spans nearly seven decades of Shankar's musical collaborations. It includes archival footage from the 1930's to a 2002 performance with his daughter Anoushka.
 
Schubert, Franz
Alfonso und Estrella
(DVD)M1500.S44 A5 2009x
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts this newly released, digitally remastered 1997 Vienna Festival production of Schubert's operatic rarity with American baritone Thomas Hampson and Emmy-award-winning director Brian Large.
 
Wagner's Mastersinger, Hitler's Siegfried: The Life and Times of Max Lorenz
(DVD) ML420.L874 W3 2009x
A sobering yet fascinating look at a notorious period in operatic history, revealed through four decades of archival footage of Germany's leading Wagnerian tenor.
 

2009 Music Department Staff Picks
Kirby Dilworth