This is a 1996 all-star-cast version from Paris of the original French version of Verdi's epic five-act opera, Don Carlos. First produced in 1867, only Wagner would write musical drama on a grander scale, and due to the three-and-a-half-hour running time most subsequent productions have made substantial cuts. This is therefore a rare opportunity to witness Verdi's tragedy in its entirety.Set in the 16th century in the aftermath of war between Spain and France, Don Carlo (Roberto Alagna), the heir to the Spanish throne comes to France to meet with his beloved Elizabeth de Valois (Karita Mattila). Inevitably politics divide the lovers, and while Rodrigue (Thomas Hampson) falls in with Flemish rebels, the Inquisition is determined to be the power behind the peace. This is certainly not Verdi's greatest work, but it contains great music and the stars are allowed to shine with strong characterisations in an elegantly designed production. There are no gimmicks or attempts at spurious contemporary relevance here, simply singers of the calibre of Alagna, Mattila, Hampson, plus the outstanding Eric Halfvarson as the Grand Inquisitor. This is a production that continues in the 19th-century tradition, and in the process delivers the frisson of world-class opera. --Gary S. DalkinOn the DVD: While the running time precludes much in the way of special features, via DVD-ROM the libretto can be printed in French, together with an article and biographies. The picture is presented at approximately 1.7:1 and while far superior to video could still benefit from anamorphic enhancement. The sound is stereo or excellent Dolby Digital 5.0. The booklet offers a detailed synopsis in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and there are subtitles in the same languages. The disc is encoded for regions two to six. --Gary S. Dalkin
Hubert Vogelsinger master teacher and dynamic coach for over 25 years presents the Videocoach Soccer Series an extensive five-title DVD collection. Sharing his innovative style of coaching Videocoach Vogelsinger inspires players to fall in love with the game and to meet the challenges of the sport. Coaches parents and players will all benefit from the enthusiastic approach and in-depth instruction presented in the Videocoach series. Each tape contains exciting world class game action highlights exercises visualization techniques and instructional sequences. The series is an invaluable resource for your arsenal of training tools and will help you motivate yourself and your teammates and bring your team into peak performance quickly Volume Four: Ball Control Any part of the body feet or head can be used to control the ball. Expert instruction from Vogelsinger explains different techniques available to deal with the ball efficiently and with poise. You'll learn how to -Receive the ball on the ground - with sole inside or outside of the foot. Trap - with shin sole inside or outside of the foot. Control the ball in the air - with inside outside chest thigh and head. You'll learn decision making techniques as to which part of the body to use and absorb the pace of the ball and a full set of exercises to grasp and effectively learn sensitive details of ball control. This is a fresh new approach to truly understanding the body movement and techniques necessary to master the ball at all times.
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