Twenty-five years after it entered active service, the US Army's Black Hawk remains the world's most advanced twin turbine helicopter. It has flown in missions around the world, in every situation imaginable, performing roles from tank-busting to medical evacuation. And thanks to sophisticated technology that allows it to operate with near-daylight efficiency in the dark, the Black Hawk provides the army with exceptional night-flying operational capability. BLACK HAWK: NIGHT STALKER follows the versatile chopper into battles from Grenada to Mogadishu, analyzing its famous failures and showing why it is nevertheless regarded as one of the most successful military aircraft ever built. Extensive footage, much of it never seen before, shows the Black Hawk in action, and interviews with servicemen, including Mike Durant, who was captured by Somali warlord Aidid's men, offer an inside view of what it is like to fly the Black Hawk in hostile situations.
The exceptional collaboration and friendship between the late Einojuhani Rautavaara and the internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Gerland Finley culminates in this unique album of orchestral songs by Sibelius, on which the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Edward Gardner. The album offers orchestrations, by Sibelius and others, of songs which Sibelius originally wrote for voice and piano, and includes the premiere recording of ‘In the Stream of Life,’ seven songs orchestrated by Rautavaara for his friend. Throughout, the poetry perfectly reflects the instinctively felt relation between Finnish nature and Sibelius’s music.