Robbie Williams’ ‘Live In Tallinn’ DVD and Blu-ray release, recorded during the 2013 ‘Take The Crown’ tour on which he thrilled a total of 1.5 million admirers, reasserts his position as the master showman and perhaps the greatest live entertainer of his generation.
• His performance on Independence Day in Estonia for 70,000 adoring fans saw Robbie give a typically blistering performance of the hits and favourites that have helped form the soundtrack of pop music over the last two decades and more. ‘Let Me Entertain You,’ ‘Strong,’ ‘Millennium,’ ‘Feel,’ ‘She’s the One,’ ‘Angels,’ the list is long.
• The new release gives us the perfect opportunity to reminisce about some of Williams’ great performances of the past — and to look at exactly how he has become the stage virtuoso we know and love. It’s a story that begins almost a quarter of a century ago in a club with very few people in it…
Over a period of five years, Swiss directors Norbert Wiedmer and Peter Guyer documented the activity of legendary producer Manfred Eicher, the founder and driving force behind ECM Records, whose advocacy of progressive jazz and of classical composers like Arvo Pärt, Meredith Monk, Valentin Silvestrov, and György Kurtág changed the landscape of contemporary music in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The film Sounds and Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher was released in 2009 and this 2011 soundtrack album is made up largely of tracks taken from previously released ECM albums that Eicher produced, some from as early as 1980. Most of the pieces are low-key and understated and feature chamber ensembles, although there are several piano tracks and several featuring orchestra or chorus. The album has a mix of selections from ECM's classical and jazz repertoire, and from the label's specialty, the many pieces that lie somewhere in between the two.