Twin Spirits

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This release captures a live performance of the tragic modern opera Twin Spirits, by a chamber ensemble of actors and singers, bringing to life the story of composer Robert Schumann and his wife, pianist Clara Wieck.
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This release captures a live performance of the tragic modern opera Twin Spirits, by a chamber ensemble of actors and singers, bringing to life the story of composer Robert Schumann and his wife, pianist Clara Wieck.
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Special Features

Photo gallery; Cast Talk: Director John Caird talks to the instrumentalists. actors and singers, the narrator Derek Jacobi and the musicologist Daniel Gallagher; Documentary: One heart, one soul; Robert and Clara Schumann chronology; My House - The work of Royal Opera House education
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • UPC: 809478009948
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,923

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sting Robert Schumann (in words)
Trudie Styler Clara Wieck (in words)
Derek Jacobi Voice Only
Simon Keenlyside Robert Schumann (in song)
Rebecca Evans Clara Wieck (in song)
Technical Credits
John Caird Director
Peter Mumford Director
June Chichester Executive Producer
Ferenc van Damme Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Twin Spirits
1. Introduction by Derek Jacobi [1:30]
2. Préambule [1:20]
3. The Story Begins [1:22]
4. Bittendes Kind [:48]
5. Hasche-Mann [:30]
6. Reflections [:29]
7. Von Fremden Ländern und Menschen [1:16]
8. A Mystical Proposal [3:00]
9. Variations on 'Lá Ci Darem' - Adagio [3:26]
10. Forbidden Love [2:22]
11. Stille Tränen [3:22]
12. The Thunderstorm [1:36]
13. Er Ist Gekommen in Sturm Regen [2:12]
14. Separation [2:35]
15. Er und Sie [2:41]
16. Clara's Career [2:18]
17. Piano Concerto in A Minor - Romanze [4:17]
18. The Shepherd's Daughter [3:28]
19. Romanze No. 2 [4:37]
20. A Marriage Diary [2:08]
21. Marche des Davidsbündler Contre les Philistins [1:08]
22. The Most Beautiful Present [2:26]
23. 'Là Ci Darem' [3:00]
24. The Year of the Song [:55]
25. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne [:33]
26. Wenn Ich in Deine Augen Seh' [1:32]
27. Ich Grolle Nicht [1:31]
28. Mortality [3:03]
29. Sie Liebten Sich Beide [2:07]
30. Parting [2:30]
31. Ich Hab im Traum Geweinet [2:44]
32. The Last Embrace [3:03]
33. Stille Liebe [3:14]
34. Alone in His Room [1:16]
35. Träumerei [2:57]
36. Married in Eternity [1:10]
37. Frage [1:23]
38. Written in the Stars Above [:53]
39. Trio No. 1 in D Minor - Finale: Mit Feuer [8:05]
40. End Credits [1:48]
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Disc #1 -- Twin Spirits
         English (Songs Only)
Disc #2 -- Twin Spirits
   Photo Gallery
   Cast Talk
   One Heart, One Soul
   Robert and Clara Schumann: Chronology
   My House - The Work of Royal Opera House Education
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Sting is the big selling point, but there is plenty of talent on this disc

    2010 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann. Opus Arte has gotten a jump on the celebrating by releasing this 2-DVD set. The first disc is the stage performance of "Twin Spirits", in which Derek Jacobi narrates the story of Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck, and how these two great artists came to be one of the greatest husband/wife teams in classical music history.
    The letters and diaries that the Schumanns wrote to each other are spoken by Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler (I should stress that Sting acts, but does NOT sing, on this DVD!). The songs of the Schumanns (and a performance of Mozart's "La ci darem" from "Don Giovanni") are sung by baritone Simon Keenlyside (featured on the November issue of BBC Music Magazine) and soprano Rebecca Evans. Songs and chamber works are performed by very talented artists, including cellist Natalie Clein.
    The second disc is loaded with great extras. Cast discussions offer the artists' viewpoints on these two amazing figures. The documentary "One Heart, One Soul" features discussion from the caretaker of a Schumann museum, offering sharp insight into the lives of Robert and Clara. Add to that a chronology and a sort-of "infomercial" for Royal Opera House Education, and you've got a DVD set packed with many interesting ways to learn about Robert and Clara Schumann, two of the greatest artists of their time. Look for Sir Willard White and Alfred Brendel among the audience members!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Intimate and Artful

    John Caird's "Twin Spirits" is a beautiful collaboration between musicians, singers, and actors. I was hooked from beginning to end. Sting and Trudie Styler do a wonderful job of portraying Robert and Clara Schumann in words from the fun and flirty beginnings of their relationship to the bitter end. Singers Simon Keenlyside and Rebecca Evans as well as the other musicians truly bring the Schumanns' music to life. From a technical standpoint, I was really impressed with their thoughtful approaches to each piece. One of the most moving phrases I heard from Clara Schumann was in a letter she wrote: "What could be more beautiful than to clothe oneself in sound?" It really spoke to my soul. Where words didn't move me, the music did. I really felt like I was being let in on something very private and personal. By the end I was teary-eyed and completely enveloped by the Schumanns' story.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Twin Spirits" is an overview of Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck's relationship, as revealed in their correspondence. Musical interludes punctuate selected letters that they wrote to each other, some of which were tender and intimate, while others bordered on the tempestuous. The actors Sting and Trudie Styler portray Robert and Clara, respectively, in spoken dialog, which is interspersed with musical excerpts. Songs are sung by baritone Simon Keenlyside and soprano Rebecca Evans; the instrumentalists are Sergej Krylov, Iain Burnside, Natalie Clein, and Nataska Paremski. The soloists, both vocal and instrumental, all perform superbly. Narrator Derek Jacobi helps to support the story line when needed.
    Overall, I enjoyed listening to some of the letters and learning about the Schumanns' intense relationship. The letters, some of them highly romantic, certainly added to my enjoyment of the music, which is lovely. The actors do their best, with gestures and facial expressions, to dramatize a loving relationship, but sometimes it was hard for me to sustain involvement in the program. After about one hour, I found it difficult to maintain interest in what seemed to be an overly long program. Perhaps it is hard for "modern day" individuals to enter easily into the romantic spirit of the era of the Schumanns.
    Ted Wilks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Twin Spirits

    Twin Spirits tells the tragic love story of Romantic composer Robert Schumann and the immensely talented pianist Clara Wieck in a uniquely staged performance by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, featuring Sting & Trudie Styler as Robert and Clara Schumann. Robert and Clara were forbidden to communicate by Clara's father so they composed long letters to each other that were secretly delivered back and forth by their friends and servants. It is these private letters that provide the backdrop of this performance DVD.
    The vocal part of this passionate love story is beautifully sung by Simon Keenlyside and Rebecca Evans. Schumann's compositions throughout the performance are capably and movingly played by Sergei Krylov (violin), Natalie Clein (cello), Iain Burnside (piano), and Natasha Paremski(piano). Derek Jacobi is the narrator. This performance is an opportunity to look behind the scenes of one of the Romantic era's greatest love stories.

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    Posted February 18, 2010

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