My impressions of this DVD is that it is more like a 'character' portrayal from song to song, all done to dramatic effect live on stage at the O2 and is I feel, a reflection of a new direction in her singing career thus far. Evidence to support this theory, is her new album (released October 2011 compared to DVD's Xmas 2010) 'Daydream'. Her management and no doubt herself are seriously examining what they perceive the public want to see and hear from her in the future, which I believe is a becoming more of a mixture of traditional folk music and light classical, rather than the opera arias she has favoured in the past.
The production of this DVD and the visual quality of her performance on stage is vibrant and alive, somewhat sensual, totally feminine and very carefully managed. Even in the arena of the O2, the cameras capture the intimacy that she has with her dancers on stage and with her audience. However, her new album steers away from the diva in Katherine and concentrates on the traditional genres of folk music and light classical music which I believe is better suited to her husky voice but it more removed from a feeling of belonging in the moment of her music. The DVD is in my opinion over the top but still an enjoyable experience. Her new album in comparison is easier on the ear and has more of a flow than the songs she sings on the DVD.
Indeed, she does attempt to sing Evanescence's 'Bring me to Life' - this becomes a massive finale with all the drama and flair she can muster but it falls short to impress (even with the stage design and costume) as she remains 'unconvincing' in her role. No one could ever outclass Amy Lee.
Daydream in contrast offers a change that is enriched with her own culture and heritage and it is, in most part, sung with ease and style. 'Black is the colour of my true love's hair' is a typical example of the harking back to her folk roots. You can fully hear her love of the music throughout this album.. particularly when she sings 'Carrickfergus' also I do believe that she should have stayed clear of 'And this is my beloved' quite frankly it stinks.
So, in summary, it rather depends on personal preference and what you expect from Katherine, if you want the diva go for the dvd, it is stunning if a little bit over the top, (worth watching just for the butterfly scene alone) but if you want something more relaxing and something more suited to her voice, then go for the CD, honestly, you will not regret it.. just make sure you skip a couple of tracks and you will not be disappointed.
Katherine Jenkins returns for her fourth DVD release in time for xmas and this one may just happen to be the best yet. From her humble roots as a classical singer singing in the city halls with her orchestras and accompaniments Katherine has quickly become an Arena-touring, box office mainstream celebrity and all credit to her! Classical music fans and musical "snobs" slate Jenkins for being a sell-out, faux-classical singer but with a voice so wonderful, a repertoire so great anyone can be forgiven for being a fan!
Now, I have bene lucky enough to see her on tour a few years ago in the Newcastle City Hall which was a rather intimate gig where we could truly sense her voice and hear the lush tones up close. This show is very different, filmed from the hue 02 arena in London as part of Jenkins arena tour, her first alone, it's a monumental production with dancing, acting and singing galore. A long long way away for her first yours around the music halls of the nation.
But does it worry Jenkins? Does it even phase her? Of course not! She positively shines and takes the whole experience in her stride and shows the superstar she is and will continue to be for some time!
The show itself is just that...a show. Its hard to describe this as a "gig" or a "concert" as in essence it is a entertainment bonaza. There is singing, most of the set list coming for Jenkins last album "Believe" which includes a mix of superb new songs, renditions of classics from the classical music repertoire and revamped versions of pop hits. Each song is well chosen and displays Jenkins at her most passionate.
The best section is her Carmen suite. This is the one opera fans know she is desperate to tackle in her latter career. The songs are timeless classics and she performs them in a 20 minute block that steals the show. Elsewhere "who wants to live forever"a take on the classic Queen track must surely bring a tear to even the most hardened of eyes.
In between all this Jenkins is dancing, a skill which shone on her recent viva La diva tour with Darcy Bussell, she acts and she is even involved in acrobatics.
All in all this is a superb collection of songs and a spectacle to behold. It will make an ideal gift choice for Jenkins fans, and anyone who wants to see what all the fuss is about with this welsh wonder could do worse than starting with this!
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I was fully aware of Katherine Jenkins, although because I wasn't into the whole 'classical' thing, and so I didn't take much notice of Katherine. That was until I heard her version of Evanescence's song 'Bring Me To Life' which made me buy her album! Since then, I have loved Katherine Jenkins, especially now that she has a more 'classical crossover' sound which I love.
Katherine Jenkins : Believe Live From The 02, is a concert DVD which was released in the United Kingdom in November 2010 and so is very recent! This DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £10.99 which at first I thought was a bit expensive, but after seeing the show I have decided that it is worth every single penny!
Before I watched this DVD, I did have a slight idea as to what I would expect the show to be like ; Katherine standing buying a microphone belting out her songs! How suprised was I?! Katherine does not 'just stand by a microphone' at all!! She does a bit of dancing and flies about, and so I was definately shocked!!
Musically, this was great show!! You'll be pleased to know that i wasn't just classical songs! There was a bit of everything, even rock music! Katherine proves that she can pull anything off ; she is such a versatile performer, and a fantastic one at that! She has such amazing stage presence that she is a pleasure to watch.
Katherine has such a fantastic voice! It comes so easily and naturally to her! I like the fact that she attacks even the hardsest of songs! Whatsmore this is all live, and so I was very happy as I dislike artists who 'mime!' so well done Katherine! You've done Wales proud!
I was very impressed with this show ; I bet the actual live show would have been amazing!! I am now going to buy Katherine's other live concert DVDs, which I cannot wait to see!
If you want to see a fantastic concert, watch this! I would definately recommend this DVD! Put it on your Christmas list!
Thanks for reading!
December 13th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)