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Twin Spirits: Portraying the Love of Robert & Clara Schumann in Words & Music
 
 
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Sting, Trudie Styler, Derek Jacobi, Iain Burnside, Rebecca Evans, Natalie Clein & others.
Studio Opus Arte
Format 2 DVDs Widescreen
DVD Encoding
Worldwide  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 809478009948
Runtime/Release Date 3 hrs 36 mins/2009
Daedalus Item Code 25822
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Robert Schumann (1810–56) and Clara Wieck (1819–90) fell in love when she was a teenager and he was the student of her father, who stubbornly tried to thwart the relationship (after a legal battle, the couple finally married in 1840). Clara was one of the 19th century's greatest pianists, as well as a fine composer. In the 1850s, Robert's increasing mental instability resulted in a suicide attempt, and he died in an asylum in 1856. Clara, who lived for another 40 years, devoted herself to propagating his music, which is at its greatest in his intimate works for piano, voice, and chamber ensemble.

"In his dramatized retelling of this well-known story, English playwright and director John Caird depicts the arc of the Schumanns' relationship by placing their extensive correspondence (read by Sting and his wife, actress Trudie Styler) in counterpoint with their own compositions and their favorite contemporary works, resulting in a breathtakingly intimate portrait of the profound emotions that tied the two together. In a particularly adventurous move, Caird extends Clara and Robert's epistolary dialogue into the realm of musical performance by creating two ensembles to represent their respective musical correspondence: Robert is portrayed musically by baritone Simon Keenlyside, pianist Iain Burnside, and violinist Sergej Krylov, while Clara's thoughts are given voice by soprano Rebecca Evans, pianist Natasha Paremski, and cellist Natalie Clein."—Notes

 
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