Best Music Movies of 1999
Sweet and Lowdown
A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world.
Detroit Rock City
In 1978, a Kiss concert was an epoch-making event. For the three teen fans in Detroit Rock City getting tickets to the sold-out show becomes the focal point of their existence. They'll do anything for tickets -- compete in a strip club's amateur-night contest, take on religious protesters, even rob a convenience store!
Rhapsody in Blue
New York City in the 1930s. Through George Gershwin's famous tune, "Rhapsody in Blue," a story is told about a day in the life of four random people who are longing for something more: a construction worker, who would rather play drums at a jazz club, an unemployed man looking for a job, a girl who wants to spend more time with her parents but must instead be dragged around the city by her governess, and a rich man with a bossy wife who would just like to have some fun.
An Evening with Christopher Cross
Five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross performs all his classic hits as well as newer material in this concert DVD. In addition to the hit-packed set list, the DVD contains a behind-the-scenes interview with Christopher Cross, a biography and discography, and a photo gallery. Michael McDonald makes a guest appearance. Songs Include: Rendezvous, Never Be The Same, Back Of My Mind, Sailing, Every Turn Of The World, Deputy Dan, Blink Of An Eye, Swept Away, Think Of Laura, Minstrel Gigolo, Words Of Wisdom, Open Up My Window, Say You'll Be Mine, Alibi, Is There Something, Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Ride Like The Wind, All Right
Dave Matthews Band: Listener Supported
Recorded at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on September 11, 1999, Dave Matthews Band's "Listener Supported" DVD presents the video version of the concert that became their fourth live album and was also broadcast on PBS' show In the Spotlight.
Speaking in Strings
This real-life documentary explores the passionate & energetic presence of renowned Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (she moved to the Unites States at the age of eight to study at The Curtis Institute of Music and later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Julliard School.) The film focuses on her professional life, starting in 1981, when she burst onto the classical music scene as the youngest (at 17) recipient ever of the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition.
In 1969, the band Sweetwater led by lead vocalist Nansi Nevins opened Woodstock and subsequently got considerable media attention, appearing on a number of TV shows. But just as they appeared to be getting a really break big, they just disappeared. Thirty years later, a cable TV reporter for MIX TV, a musical station, is removed from her show because of being stoned on air. Her station gives her a choice of being dismissed or investigating what happened to Sweetwater. A blending of modern day fiction and past fact is then blended in this biographical story.
Cecilia & Bryn at Glyndebourne
The celebrated mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli joins Bryn Terfel for a recital of arias and duets recorded at Glyndebourne Opera House in 1999. The programme features favourite pieces from Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.
The Damnation of Faust
The three main soloists have voices on a scale that can compete with these flashy production values – White and Kasarova, in particular, sing at a level of intensity that would swamp anything less; the climactic seduction trio has rarely been sung so well or with such an overpoweringly polymorphous eroticism. Cambreling marshals his forces effectively, giving full rein to the work's showstoppers like the "Hungarian March" but not neglecting the subtler less kinetic Gluckian side of Berlioz's vocal writing. Recorded live at the Salzburger Festspiele, 1999.
John Eliot Gardiner conducts Gluck’s 1776 French version of “Alceste” at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Soprano Anne Sofie von Otter takes the title role of Alceste, Queen of Thessaly, who offers to die at the hands of the gods in place of her husband, Admète (Paul Groves), so that the people will not lose their king. Alceste is then saved from the underworld by Hercule (Dietrich Henschel).