DVD Duration: 61.40 / Year: 2005
2005 release of his live concert in Bournemouth, playing the Bohm Excellence 300/400. Multi-Region/PAL. Limited Stock.
Music Box Dancer
Love Me Tonight
Latin Party: Abanda / Tequila / Agadoo / Taka Takata / Agadoo
Listen to Your Heartbeat
One Way Wind
Circus Time: Entry of the Gladiators / Salto Mortale / Man on the Flying Trapeze / Join the Circus / Entry of the Gladiators
To Where You Are
Sunset Over Holland
Diamonds Are Forever
The Man in the Iron Mask – Theme
Les Miserables in Concert: Overture / Do You Hear the People Sing? / On My Own / I Dreamed a Dream / Castle on a Cloud / One Day More
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2018 release at the Böhm Sinfonia 480 organ, live from the DK4 Studios in Denmark. Almost double the length of most electronic organ DVDs!
Alan Ashton’s Organised Keyboards Review (from ORGAN1st Magazine Issue 29):
In mid 2005 I suggested to Dirk that he ought to begin to think seriously about making a DVD. Receptive to the idea I put him in touch with the Valentine Music Group, and this production is the result. The first thing that becomes apparent is that Dirk is a natural born communicator with the video camera, treating it as a close up and personal friend. You feel that each of his introductions is being addressed to you personally… almost on a one to one basis. The opening establishing shots are outside the Pavilion Bournemouth, but I would be less than honest if I said that we then go inside for the concert programme, because it will soon become apparent that we don’t! However, you’d soon work this out for yourself anyway! For reasons I won’t go in to, Dirk had to journey up to a Bristol Studio to record the music items. The programme opener is the lively Tom Jones hit number LOVE ME TONIGHT, which is followed by LA COMPARSA. Dirk explains that this number was a hit for the Shadows some 30 years ago, but in fact long before that famous group recorded it, Cuban Dance Band leader Ernesto Lecuona (he of Malegueña fame) composed it for his Afro-Cuban Dances Suite, subtitling it as Carnival Procession. Dirk succeeds in capturing that happy atmosphere with guitar and accordion sounds. It’s a delightful item. Making no bones about his love for the music of John Denver, Dirk includes PERHAPS LOVE, which originally started out life as a duet between Denver and Placido Domingo. A chance play on a radio station and the composition became one of John Denver’s best sellers. From a lovely ballad the tempo racks up a couple of notches for a four-part Latin Medley comprising of ABANDA / TEQUILA /AGADOO and TAKA TAKATA, and then back down to earth with GREENSLEEVES which, if you can believe that King Henry the Eighth had any spare time left over from bedding his wives, it is alleged he composed it! 2001 saw the Swedish Group, Friends competing in the Eurovision Song Contest with an entry titled LISTEN TO YOUR HEARTBEAT. This is a very strong upbeat number and always surprised me that it never won. Dirk certainly knows how to pull at the heart strings and proof of this is the beautiful composition from the pen of Danish composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerre. KAERLIGHED ( or in English ONLY LOVE). This is from the repertoire of singer Sissel Kyrkjebø who was recently named as a new Norwegian ambassador for UNICEF, continuing the good work already achieved by the likes of the late Audrey Hepburn and Peter Ustinov. The fact that most of you may have never heard the tune before, myself included, is no reason to dismiss it. Performed with just strings and piano sounds throughout, this almost symphonic composition is the best track on the DVD for me. We next get an all too short tour inside the Pavilion, a sequence I’ll return to later in the review. The next item is like seeing Mark Shakespeare reincarnated. Mark would often break off playing and shout asides to the audience, something which Dirk does to heighten the fun he’s having with the CIRCUS TIME medley. Viewers of the Ally McBeal TV show were instrumental in popularising the Richard Marx composition TO WHERE YOU ARE, sung in a December 2001 episode by the character Malcolm Wyatt… in reality singer Josh Groban. Like the aforementioned Sissel, Groban too is an artist who’s songs Dirk often features in his concerts. It’s not uncommon these days for organists to include one of their own compositions. Sometimes they sound good, others not so. However with SUNSET OVER HOLLAND Dirk must feel justifiably proud that he has captured the essence of his hometown of Alkmaar. Two contrasting film tunes come next in the form of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and the theme from THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, and the production comes to a close with a dramatically performed concert selection from LES MISÉRABLES. Some finale! Certain aspects of the production do concern me, but let me say they are with the post production side and certainly not in the area of the sound or camera work, although I think the latter could have been a little more adventurous. I’m at a loss to understand the insertion of stock shots of a seagull and a fishing boat in GREENSLEEVES, when neither have anything whatsoever to do with a mediaeval piece of music. Far better to have used the castle stock shots which appear in the MAN IN THE IRON MASK item. I think some of the flying ‘picture in picture’ shots are displayed far too quickly for them to have any real effect. The Pavilion segment, which could have been far more informative than it is, has a continuity gaff that finds Dirk entering through the Stalls doors, only to see him walking down from the back of the Circle! It is here that we learn, albeit briefly, of how he discovered his interest in the electronic organ. These small criticisms aside, this debut DVD of a very popular and impressionable young man, playing the Bohm 300 model, is one that fans both here and on the Continent will want to own. In time I expect sales to warrant a second production and for this I would like to think it would be a live concert performance with an audience and all the atmospheric lighting that usually form part of his performances.