Manfred (Robert Schumann)


A dramatic poem in three parts by Lord Byron, op. 115
Live from the Tonhalle Düsseldorf
A production of Monarda Arts in coproduction with ZDFkultur, in cooperation with Arthaus Musik


 

As a young man, Schumann had got to know Byron’s works through his father’s publishing business. There is no question that the composer recognised his own psyche in Manfred’s rugged soul. But he also responded to the challenge of Byron’s artistic concept of Manfred as “mental theatre”. In the Düsseldorf production, the audience “becomes” Manfred, experiencing through the eyes of the eponymous hero a projection of the visually alienated world of the Swiss mountains in which the story is set – visualisation by the Austrian media artist Johannes Deutsch.

 

Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD)

Production

 

Producer: Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Oliver Becker
Conception: Johannes Deutsch
Directed for Screen by: Ellen Fellmann
Cameras: Philipp Krebs, Eva Kohlweyer, Verena Schupp, Johannes Plate, Joshua Bühl
Sound: Jörg Mohr, Holger Kloeden, Michael Havenstein
Live Visualisation: Philipp Krebs (raum.film Wien)
Editor: Philipp Krebs
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Running Time: 89 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2011

 

Creative Team

 

Composer: Robert Schumann
Conductor: Andrey Boreyko
Chorus Master: Marieddy Rossetto
Light: Daniel Klausing
Set Design: Dirk Cramer, Oliver Lück
Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
Choir: Chor des Städtischen Musikvereins zu Düsseldorf
Solists: Johann von Bülow, Stefan Wilkening, Tina Amon Amonsen, Vera Bauer uvm.