Friday, February 22, 2008
Best Concert DVD Ever!
Though my Mandarin is only so-so, I have always loved the old Mandarin songs. Although it was kinda romantic to listen to the scratchy originals, it was better to find good current singers giving these oldies a sound rendition. Paula Tsui Siu Foong dabbled in them a bit. To sing these old songs, one had to have a certain kind of voice, the timbre needs to be just right. Many years ago I discovered Tsai Chin and she was certainly born in the wrong era - but thankfully for us, she is with us now. She has the voice.
I have many of her albums and a few of her concerts. Then I came across her latest offering (remember the cover so you don't buy the wrong edition). It was her concert in HK in 2007. Its a journey of great Mandarin songs through the years, and she threw in a few of her own good songs too. Its a 3 DVDs set. Its certainly the most polished concert performance. The songs selection was right on. Not many singers can perform for 3 hours straight with no props or dancers. She was engaging and even funny at times. A solitary figure with great orchestration. Can watch over and over again. I have some of her other concerts DVDs and they are not as good. This DVD was the best buy for years. You don't need to be a senior citizen to enjoy it.
p/s her upcoming concert at Genting, selling fast, extra shows added: