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Twin Spirits [DVD] [NTSC] [2010]

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  • Actors: Sting, Trudie Styler, Derek Jacobi, Simon Keenlyside, Rebecca Evans
  • Format: Colour, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KJ7ODA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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"Twin Spirits portrays the life and love of Robert and Clara Schumann through readings of their surviving letters. These are read by Sting and Trudie Styler, with Derek Jacobi authoritatively filling in any gaps in the story. In one sense it's a static productions, with everyone seated throughout, but it's actually quite engrossing - perfectly paced and beautifully filmed. It's impossible not to emerge with both a true empathy for the Schumanns and a renewed or awakened interest in their music. The acting stays just the right side of luvviness, with Sting and Styler delivering strong, subtly believable performances. They're supported by beautifully executed interludes from a top line-up of soloists. This is tender, moving, well put together, and supplemented by an enlightening bonus DVD." (Classic fM)
"John Caird's Twin Spirits, filmed live at the Royal Opera House, is beautifully constructed and performed with extraordinary fervour… Sting and Trudie Styler's own marriage undoubtedly informs their profoundly affecting portrayal of the Schumanns… Musical choices are mostly Schumann, a bit of Clara and some evocative Mozart and Chopin... often in special arrangements. Bonus material is generous... The issues are fascinating, though. How good is Clara's music? The jury is still out." (BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★)
Cast
Sting (Actor)
Trudie Styler (Actor)
Derek Jacobi (Narrator)
Simon Keenlyside (Tenor)
Sergej Krylov (Violin)
Iain Burnside (Piano)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Stage Director: John Caird
Catalogue Number: OA0994D
Date of Performance: 2005
Running Time: 206 minutes
Sound: 5.0 DTS Surround; PCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT + EN (SONGS ONLY)
Label: Opus Arte

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I haven't ever written a review for Amazon before, but after watching this DVD I had to write a few words to let everyone know how amazing it is. Sting and Trudie are absolutely brilliant, and the performances from Simon Keenlyside and Rebecca Evans are of the highest calibre. The story is full of happiness and sorrow, and I defy you to get to the end without a tear in your eye! Apparently it's being sold to help support the Royal Opera House Education department so profits are going to a great cause too.
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This really is a new performance artform.
Viewed under the right conditions (with a large enough screen - preferably a projector in a fully light controlled environment)and with a good sound system, this experience really is "better than being there". For we are treated to a visual feast of cast and musicians which you could not have enjoyed as one of the happy few who actually witnessed this event at Covent Garden. Add to that the superlative, totally believable sound - plus the remarkable video editing, and you have a deeply emotional experience that combines words, music and song in a way that is quite unique.
An absolute must. To be savoured again and again...
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For anyone who thought Robert Schumann's music is unapproachable or difficult, Twin Spirits should come as a revelation as one glorious melody follows another.

The story of Robert and Clara becomes more and more gripping and intense as the story unfolds. What I found so moving is the way Derek Jacobi, the narrator, and Trudi Styler and Sting as readers of the letters are themselves so obviously moved by the subject matter.

The feeling of profound involvement is reflected in the musical performances Can "Ich grolle nicht" from Dichterliebe have ever been sung with such intensity, rage and passion as Simon Keenlyside brings to it on this disc? How unutterably lovely are the Kerner songs from Robert's opus 35. And when I heard Natasha Paremski and Natalie Clein play the slow movement from Clara's piano concerto (written when she was 16) I thought that this was one of the most romantic (with just a touch of sleaze) tunes I had ever heard. Rebecca Evans brings great beauty of tone and interpretive intelligence to everything she sings on this revelatory issue.

The second disc contains fascinating material for those whose interest has been stimulated by the performance, including a picture gallery of the artists, a very handsome lot they are too, as well as all being international artists at the top of their profession. These are interwoven with them as well as a talk about Robert and Clara by the renowned Schumann scholar Gerd Nauhaus recorded at the Schumann Haus in Zwickau, Schumann's birthplace.

A truly wonderful DVD obviously made with great love and devotion and bound to give enormous pleasure.
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Exquisite - Moving - Beautiful

A wonderful DVD, the music is beautiful, the artists brilliant - the whole package should not be missed.

This is one DVD that I will be compelled to watch over and over again. The story of the Schumanns is beautiful yet tragic, the music and letters flow so well, it is a great production. A thoroughly brilliant composition, everybody that watches it will have tears in their eyes, it is so moving. I could not leave the room whilst this was playing, I was so captured by the whole story.

Whether you are into classical music or not this is a DVD that should be watched, I think people of all ages would enjoy the emotional story. My twelve year old found it interesting and moving as she did not know the tragic story. I am sure we will watch it again as a family very soon. I now know what to buy people for Christmas!
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A must have. This is not just a DVD, this is an experience, and an amazing one at that. An incredibly moving love story, narrated by Derek Jacobi, beautifully told by Sting and Trudie. The interaction between these wonderfully talented people and such great singers as Simon Keenlyside and Rebecca Evans is marvellous to watch and enhanced hugely by the music. The four instrumentalists are absolutely world class and the ninety minutes are over before you know, certainly much before one would want this all absorbing performance to end.
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