Claude D'Anna's film of Verdi's Macbeth is a gloomy affair, stressing the descent into madness of the principal villains. It's acted by the singers of the Decca recording of the opera (with two substitutions of actors standing in for singers) and the lip-synching is generally unobtrusive. The musical performance is superb, conducted by Riccardo Chailly with admirable fire, and sung by some of the leading lights of the opera stages of the 1980s.
The Latin rock band Del Castillo started in the winter of 2000 in Austin, TX, as a family CD project for singer/guitarists and brothers Mark del Castillo and Rick del Castillo, who eventually added Alex Ruiz on lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Albert Besteiro on bass; and Mike Zeoli on drums. That CD turned out to be Del Castillo's debut release, Brothers of the Castle, in 2001. Vida followed in 2002, and Brotherhood (with special guest Willie Nelson) in 2006. The group's self-titled fourth album appeared in April 2009. Del Castillo also has contributed to several films directed by Robert Rodriguez, including Spy Kids 3D, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, and Grindhouse. Performing with Rodriguez under the name Chingon, they recorded a version of the traditional Mexican song "Malaguena Salerosa" used in the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill Vol. II.
A beautiful showcase of the traditional, Swedish nyckelharpa backed by the Celtic folk harp and Swedish and medieval bagpipes, Dram's self-titled album transports their listeners instantaneously to a life much simpler and earth-based, rich with tradition and culture. Interestingly, the word "dram" is an old dialect word for "drone," which makes up much of this musical language, giving it an ancient, yet timeless feel. This album sits so poignantly and memorably with its listeners largely due to the distinct and plaintive, haunting quality of both the nyckelharpa and the bagpipes, lending a yearning, desiring quality to the music, one that speaks of the universal, human condition, regardless of time period. However, all analysis aside, this is simply a heartfelt, moving album.
Deluxe two disc (CD + PAL/Region 0 DVD) edition of this live release from the male half of Roxette. The CD includes 21 tracks recorded live throughout his '09 European tour while the bonus DVD features his full concert Live at Cirkus along with music videos.
Ethno Vocal Trio I perform Armenian traditional songs, the group includes professional performers Anna Mailian - mezzo-soprano, Hjognine Avdalyan, Hastik Zakaryan
Shirley Verrett makes a deeply impressive Orfeo, firm and pure in sound, classically restrained in expression; and her "Che farO", at a moderate, beautifully judged speed, is very finely sung, poised and quietly moving. The set is conducted by Renato Fasano, whose pacing of the score shows a very sure touch. The dance music has a grace and lightness, and a stylistic command, that one might not have expected from an orchestra which in those days seemed to be fed chiefly on a diet of Vivaldi.–Gramophone