On July 25th. 1998 25.000 people flooded into London's Hide Park to watch the spectacular open air dance extravaganza, "Feet of Flames". With his feet moving too fast to catch fire, Michael Flatley and his too strong cast took dance into hitherto undreamt of dimensions. Feet of Flames was a one-off special, the culmination of everything Michael Flatley has learnt in a remarkable career. He created Lord of the Dance, phenomenon of the decade, which has captivated audiences all around the world and has spawned video and CD sales in their millions. There are now three Lord of the Dance troupes, each 40 strong, performing around the world. One is touring Europe, one is touring across America and the third is third is permanenly resident in Las Vegas. A fourth troupe will shorly by launched in Disney land Florida. On Feet of Flames, Michael shows he is not just the master of the stage but the fastest dancer in the world capable of 35 separate taps in a second. He is also a visionary choreographer and an accomplished musician. On this album, which captures the unique atmosphere of the performance in Hyde Park, Michael demonstrates his command of the flute on three new songs, the band number "Celic Fire", and haunting solos on "Whispering Wind" and "Dance Of Love". Michael Flatley has proved dance can flourish as a multi media spectacle. Feet of Flames will stand as a permanent legasy of his vision as he preperes to develop new challeges, which will continue to astound and delight his millions of fans.
This is one of the best Christmas compilations for the classical music lover I know of, and far ahead of similar CDs from RCA Living Stereo, Nimbus, and Decca/London. Tracing over some 90 years of recorded sound, some of the highlights include: A nice, if somewhat saccherine, performance of "White Christmas" by, believe it or not, Nelson Eddy.
For Eternamente, her first studio recording in six years, soprano Angela Gheorghiu focuses on Italian composers of the generation that followed Verdi and predominantly on repertoire she has not sung before – including some fascinating rarities. Joining her for duets from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Giordano’s Andrea Chénier is another star of today’s opera stage, tenor Joseph Calleja.