Düsseldorfer Symphoniker: Robert Schumann - Manfred

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker: Robert Schumann - Manfred

Director: Johannes Deutsch Cast: Johann von Bülow, Elisabeth Popien, Mechthild Bach

DVD (Wide Screen / Stereo)

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2011
UPC: 0807280157598
Original Release: 2010
Source: Arthaus Musik
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:29:00

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Disc #1 -- Dusseldorfer Symphoniker: Robert Schumann - Manfred
1. Opening [:20]
2. I. Abteilung: Ouvertüre / "Die Nacht Kam Wiederum" [15:25]
3. I. Abteilung: Gesang Der Geister [5:24]
4. I. Abteilung: Erscheinung Eines Zauberbildes [1:18]
5. I. Abteilung: Geisterbannfluch [6:06]
6. I. Abteilung: Alpenkuhreigen [4:57]
7. I. Abteilung: Zwischenaktmusik [3:03]
8. II. Abteilung: "Dein Kleid Und Aussehn Zeugt Von Hoher Herkunft" [4:18]
9. II. Abteilung: Rufung Der Alpenfee [10:39]
10. II. Abteilung: Hymnus Der Geister Arimans [4:06]
11. II. Abteilung: Chor [:18]
12. II. Abteilung: Chor [1:56]
13. II. Abteilung: Beschwörung Der Astarte [3:08]
14. II. Abteilung: Manfreds Ansprache An Astarte [6:17]
15. III. Abteilung: "Ein Abend Ganz Wie Heute" [1:53]
16. III. Abteilung: Musik. Sehr Langsam [4:59]
17. III. Abteilung: Abschied Von Der Sonne [4:34]
18. III. Abteilung: Musik [4:42]
19. III. Abteilung: Schluss-Szene. Klostergesang [3:21]
20. Credits [1:40]

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Düsseldorfer Symphoniker: Robert Schumann - Manfred 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DanClarino More than 1 year ago
Robert Schumann had been exposed to Lord Byron's epic poem "Manfred" when the composer was a teenager and the implicit angst and call to self discovery within the story appealed to the young Schumann. When Schumann was older, as an adult in his early thirties, it is known that he met and was intrigued by Franz Liszt who, in turn, was taken with the works of Byron and other literary giants of the time. Schumann's 'gesamtkunstwerk' (a "complete" art work) has never received many performances in its original guise, as a nearly evening long music drama for actors, chorus and orchestra. This new DVD of a 2010 performance from the Tonhalle Dusseldorf is visually stunning and gives us a very contemporized glimpse at what Schumann intended. The "staging" here is minimalist but effective in the ultra-modern confines of the Tonhalle. Film director and visualist Johannes Deutsch creates what is basically a slide show with computer generated castle mounts, mountain scenery and cathedral-like arches onto which live camera footage of the actor Johnann von Bulow as Manfred is projected. Von Bulow performs off stage and his task is spoken melodrama of Byron's words, as edited and borrowed by Schumann. In point of fact, the real boon in this performance is that of von Bulow. As he recites the words of the 19th century romantic Count Manfred, in his railings against the futility of existence diametrically pondered against the possibilities of man and even some suicidal threats, von Bulow struggles, sweats, nearly screaming (well, actually shouting out many times) in a tour de force of recitation. The philosopher's muse, Astarte and his devil's advocate or 'geist' are also well played by Tina Amonson and Stefan Wilkening respectively. The Dusseldorf Symphony under Andrey Boreyko plays wonderfully. Some viewers will have heard "Manfred" in its more often performed orchestral suite or in selections. Film maker Johannes Deutsch's vision is a little abstract, not literal. and the very nature of the performance is something that very few are familiar with. The scope and structure of Schumann's "Manfred" make it too unusual, too dependent on dramatic forces to get it the amount of play that it, perhaps, deserves. This performance is excellent and worthwhile. It is a work for - basically - actor and orchestra. Viewers should approach it patiently; this is neither opera nor oratorio. If you become immersed in the look and the unbelievably manic work by Johann von Bulow you will find it well worth your while.