Chess in Concert

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Overview

With stirring live performances from Josh Groban, Idina Menzel (Wicked), and Adam Pascal (Rent), Chess in Concert revives the eclectic yet wonderfully pop 1980's musical by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Abba) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita). Recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2008, this spectacular concert features the City of London Philharmonic and the 100-voice West End Chorus, in addition to the all-star cast of singers. The original Chess concept album was recorded...
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Overview

With stirring live performances from Josh Groban, Idina Menzel (Wicked), and Adam Pascal (Rent), Chess in Concert revives the eclectic yet wonderfully pop 1980's musical by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Abba) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita). Recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2008, this spectacular concert features the City of London Philharmonic and the 100-voice West End Chorus, in addition to the all-star cast of singers. The original Chess concept album was recorded in 1984 and scored the hit songs "I Know Him So Well" and "One Night In Bangkok." The theatrical version opened in London’s West End in 1986 and played for three years. Chess in Concert is also available as a two-CD set and in a single-disc highlights version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • UPC: 075993999242
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Reprise / Wea
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,167

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Bedella Molokov
Kerry Ellis Svetlana
Technical Credits
John Berg Executive Producer
David Horn Executive Producer
Diarmuid Quinn Executive Producer
Tim Rice Executive Producer
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chess: In Concert
2. Prologue [2:05]
3. The Story of Chess [4:32]
4. Scene 1, Merano, Italy 1979 [6:42]
5. Scene 2, Global Television Studio [4:41]
6. Scene 3, Hotel Aurora [6:11]
7. Scene 4, Kurhaus [18:07]
8. Scene 5, Molokov's Room [2:11]
9. Scene 6, Fredrick's Room [6:10]
10. Scene 7, The Mountain Inn [5:40]
11. Scene 8, Kurhaus [3:23]
12. Scene 9, Frederick's Room [2:34]
13. Scene 10 [:53]
14. Scene 11, British Honorary Consulate [10:32]
15. Scene 1, Bangkok, Thailand - 1980 [5:11]
16. Scene 2, Global Television Studio [1:00]
17. Scene 3, Anatoly's Hotel Room [4:47]
18. Scene 4, Patpong [5:37]
19. Scene 5, Global Television Studio [4:39]
20. Scene 6, Dusit Thani Hotel [3:38]
21. Scene 7, The Bangkok Hotels [15:07]
22. Scene 8, Late Night Bangkok [4:23]
23. Scene 9, Sanum Luang Park [2:09]
24. Scene 10, The World Chess Championship [13:19]
25. Scene 11, The Hotel Gardens [8:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Chess: In Concert
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   Act I
   Act II
   Trailer
   Audio Set Up/Subtitles
      Stereo
      Surround
      Subtitles: On/Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    PAWNS AND KINGS

    The best reasons to purchase this DVD is to hear the City of London Philharmonic and the West End Chorus perform Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' music - to say nothing of Tim Rice's always clever lyrics that make history, and history making people interesting and accessible to the audience. Josh Groban, as always, sings the part of Anatoli Sergievsky, the Soviet angst-ridden chess challenger, with his sensitive understanding of the material. If he seems a little stiff, it is the first time he's sung a part, to my knowledge. It's the Voice, his voice, that's right for the part.
    The setting is the Cold War, and the battleground is the championship chess tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland, the site of USA chess champion Bobby Fischer's victory over Boris Spassky in 1972; where Fischer exiled himself, and where he died.
    The staging of this concert is unfussy, with the chorus to the right and left of the elevated chess match platform. Downstage represents all non-match locales and is where the dancers move in representation of the characters(read pawns and kings), and across which they process w/lighted torches as the game's historic greats (Viktor Korchnoi, Anatoli Karpov, Garry Kasparov, et al.)are shown on a screen above the chess match table, the Mt. Olympus of strategic genius. The one personal distraction for me is the camera's lengthy close up on Idina Menzel. The woman has a large voice, perhaps a little too strident for the role of Florence Vassy, US champion Freddie Trumper's supporter and lover. You must understand that, green greasepaint glorious, the vocalist was truly the perfect Wicked Witch. Why, then, was it so difficult for me to purge myself of the illusion of a large-mouthed green frog, especially during the duets? They wore unobtrusive microphones, why did the camera focus on her over Groban's not as statuesque shoulder?
    Full disclosure: I have been following this creation since 1985. That work came out on vinyl starring Elaine Paige, Murray Head, Tommy Korberg, and Barbara Dickson.
    Richard Corliss wrote on p. 72 of Time magazine, March 18, 1985, that it is "the biggest new musical hit of the international theatre season" . . . "a colorful satiric pageant about the political and romantic gamesmanship attending a world chess championship." And that was just for the recording of it! In '88, they brought out an "Original Broadway Cast DVD, that didn't even credit the performers, although the part of Frederick Trumper was sung by the same artist who portrayed Frank Sinatra in the authorized biopic. I am unable to credit a really fine singer just at this moment.
    With all the improvements in stagecraft, Andersson, Ulvaeus, and Rice have stated that the Royal Albert Hall 2008 production put onstage the production that they always wanted. It is a wonderful entertainment, and an inspiration for those who always wanted to learn Chess. It's never too late.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    This is the must see concert of the year

    I have the concert. It is fantastic. Josh Groban is amazing. Idina Menzel is wonderful. Please buy it. You don't know what you are missing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marvelous

    Having lived through the cold-war period and remembering the international chess matches, this production is just great. The singing is absolutely divine. It caused me to go back and research the matches I lived through!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Chess is a must for musical theatre fans.

    When I found out that there was a recording of Chess in Concert I knew I had to have it. This musical is very well written and is just as relevent today as it was in the 80's. The story revolves around two chess champions, one from the U.S. and one from Russia, during the cold war. Tension rises between the two as the american (Adam Pascal) shows he has no lost love for the russian (Josh Groban). Complicating matters is the addition of a mutual attraction to the american's second (Idina Menzel) who has become disenfranchised with the infantile actions of her fellow players. I was a bit worried about the work before I watched it since things had been shifted, added, and removed from the two original versions (London and U.S. cast recordings) that I have and know so well, but I knew the cast was amazing so I gave it a go and wasn't disapointed in the least. I was particularly blown away by Idina Menzel's powerful performance of Nobody's Side, Josh Groban's beautiful rendition of Anthem and Adam Pascal's hart wrenching Pitty the Child. All three songs are on my favorites list and I was not left wanting anything from their performance. I highly recomend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb!

    This is a great show. Very well done, and the cast us superb. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Broadway Musicals!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful Show!

    First purchase at B&N. Received it promptly and price was very reasonable. The DVD is outstanding - great performances, great production and I'm wearing it out already. The guys of ABBA were on a roll when they wrote this score, and Tim Rice's lyrics are brilliantly clever (or is that cleverly brilliant?) Almost time for a back-up copy.

    This is a 'no-regret' purchase.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    Wonderful performance! Although Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal and the rest of the cast are great, Groban steals the show! What a magnificent voice!

    M.C. Lopez
    Mexico City

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Chess in Concert from the RAH

    I'm a huge fan of Josh Groban, so when I found out he performed this along with Adam Pascal and Idina Menzel, I knew for a fact that I had to have it. I also love musical theater and fell in love with Chess after hearing some of the songs from the original concept album. I was completely blown away by everyone's performance on this DVD.

    This is a spectacular piece of music that is an absolute must!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazing

    I bought this without knowing much about it other than the few cast members and I'm far from disappointed. I hope the poster below me meant IDINA and not Medina. Yes, she was amazing, as usual. It was fun seeing she and Pascal together again on stage after being in Rent with him. Josh Groban did a great job as well. I can see why it didn't make a splash on Broadway per se, but the music is amazing and I feel that the concert version was precisely the right choice for the staging of such a show. It's a concert, yes, but not boring in the slightest. Each of the main characters is acting their part, not just singing. A masterful performance overall

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Groban, Medina and Ellis fantastic

    Any fan of Chess will love this version. Groban and Ellis are the best Russian and Svetlana I have heard, and Medina is great as Florence. The two female leads' version of "I know his so well" is simply wonderful. Groban's voice is perfect for the Russian player (though too many support singers almost drown him out at the climatic part of "Anthem"). The choreography of the supporting singers was both fun and unique, and added to the overall show.
    Minor flaws. The Arbiter's voice is not strong enough, and I did not care for this ending as much as the ending in the version I saw many years ago. The Merano song is overlong, adds too much time to the overall play, and frankly would not be missed from the plot if this song were to be deleted.
    I am listening to it again as I write this. I can't say enough about Groban, Medina and Ellis. The plusses greatly outweight any minuses, I strongly recommend this to any fan of Chess. gnordt

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    CHESS IN CONCERT

    SAW THIS ON PBS 6-17-09. FIRST TIME I HAD HEARD ABOUT IT. WATCHED IT BECAUSE OF JOSH GROBAN AND ADAM PASCAL. LOVED IT!!! CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY OWN DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it!!

    I watched Chess last night on PBS and love it. I only wanted to see it because it has one of my favorite Broadway Actress in it-Idina Menzel. But I ended up enjoying the entire performace and now I have the songs stuck in my head.

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