After nearly having a meltdown bc PBS altered the schedule for Saturday at the last minute, and then broadcasting LM's concert under the guise of Celtic Woman, I was able to record the concert on my boyfriend's DVR recorder.
What a beautiful concert. I would love to visit the Alhambra now. The entire presentation with Loreena's speaking parts reminded me of No Journey's End, and once again the concert was near spotless. The lighting was beautiful, the musicians were in their element, the audience was captivated - just like I know the concerts in the tour will be. I also enjoyed the selection of music. She Moved Through the Fair, Stolen Child, Raglan Road - some of the most beautiful renditions I've ever heard live.
Her voice is in such top form. Personally, I did notice she dropped a note in Dante's Prayer in the "please remember me" refrain, and Lady of Shalott and Penelope's Song were a bit on the slower sadder side. I could see the emotion in Loreena's face, and it will be interesting to see how this translates live.
I wasn't too sure about the drum set - this is definitely a new direction she's taken for tour music.
The interview sections were hilarious, especially reading what previous people had posted from earlier broadcasts. My boyfriend was really astounded in the one interviewer telling Loreena to explain the real reason they were there - as if to say enough about the explanation of the music, why does PBS want money? I think she handled it with more grace and finesse than I probably would've in that situation.
I can not wait to buy this DVD when the tour comes to Chicago. What a wonderful performance by all - the band, the crew, Loreena. Bravo!