Twin Spirits: The love of Robert & Clara Schumann in words & music (Blu-ray) | Opus Arte OABD7043D

Twin Spirits: The love of Robert & Clara Schumann in words & music (Blu-ray)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OABD7043D

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th September 2009

Contents

Artists

Derek Jacobi (narrator)
Sting (reader)
Trudie Styler (reader)
Simon Keenlyside
Iain Burnside
Sergej Krylov
Rebecca Evans
Natalie Clein
Natasha Paremski

Artists

Derek Jacobi (narrator)
Sting (reader)
Trudie Styler (reader)
Simon Keenlyside
Iain Burnside
Sergej Krylov
Rebecca Evans
Natalie Clein
Natasha Paremski

About

'Twin Spirits' is a unique and intimate, live theatrical performance by a chamber ensemble of actors, singers and musicians, portraying the deep and ultimately tragic love between the composer Robert Schumann and his pianist wife Clara Wieck. In this intensely moving performance of words, song and music, the Schumanns’ long separation, so formative an influence on their lives, is reflected in the division of the ensemble into male and female groups.

Robert’s letters to Clara are read by Sting and his songs sung by Simon Keenlyside, with accompaniments and instrumental music played by Iain Burnside and Sergej Krylov. Clara’s letters to Robert are read by Trudie Styler and her songs sung by Rebecca Evans, with accompaniments and instrumental music played by Natalie Clein and Natasha Paremski. The narrator, Derek Jacobi, links together the letters and lyrics to complete the essential outline of the story.

Conceived and directed by John Caird, Twin Spirits was first performed in June 2005 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London and has since been experienced only at private performances for charity by small audiences of all ages and interests, leaving them deeply touched and inspired.

Recorded at the Royal Opera House, London, December 2007.

Picture: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Sound: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM
Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4 Disc size BD50
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT + EN (songs only)
Menu language: EN
Region code: All regions
Running time: 206 mins

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