Faith of Our Fathers Review of recording

Essay by bradydogg December 2003

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I went to the mall looking for a DVD. I found none that I could use. I then looked for VHS tapes. I found nothing. The essential part of this assignment was to find a live performance to view. The hard part of it was to find a tape of something relating to this class. I originally wanted to listen or watch a performance on a Beethoven piece. There are no live performances anywhere in the mall. I was probably looking in the wrong place. After an exhausting search I settled on a VHS recording entitled "Faith of Our Fathers. Classic Anthems of Ireland." It was recorded live at The Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 1997. It features performances by Frank Patterson, Ireland's renowned international tenor, soprano Regina Nathan, herself an international award winner and the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Larla O'Lionaird, Ros Ni Dhubhain, Tommy Keane, RTE' Cor na nOg, and The Irish Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.

There was also a traditional chant by The Monks of Glenstal Abbey. This is why I selected the tape. Enigma Video Ltd. produces the video.

When I first started to watch the video, I could not help but notice how beautiful The Point Theatre appeared. The video box describes that the video was lavishly shot. The lighting of the stage was impeccable. Giving the performance an air of elegance. Considering that the Theatre was once a train depot that was built in 1878. It appeared also to be a sold out performance, as there did not seem to be an empty seat in the theatre. The setup of the stage was impressive. In the back section was a full chorus, in the middle section of the stage sat a full orchestra, and up front they even had a full...