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Schumann: Twin Spirits

Schumann: Twin Spirits

Sting (Actor); Trudie Styler (Actor); Derek Jacobi (Narrator); Simon Keenlyside (Tenor); Sergej Krylov (Violin); Iain Burnside (Piano);

"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)

Strauss: Renée Fleming in Concert

Strauss: Renée Fleming in Concert

Renée Fleming (Soprano);

"Strauss's ingenious orchestral passages are highlighted." ()

Wolf; Bruckner: Thielemann/Fleming Concert (Dresden)

Wolf; Bruckner: Thielemann/Fleming Concert (Dresden)

Renée Fleming (Soprano);

"romantic music as magic for the ears..." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)