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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.
“The visual impact is truly spectacular and combines with the words and music to create a unified whole. … With his youthful, honest diction, Johann von Bülow is an impressive Manfred.” Das Opernglas
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, FR
Running Time: 89 mins
“Dusseldorf's 2010 Schumann festival...staged Manfred with multimedia, to brilliantly magical effect...anyone who loves Schumann will find Manfred and this exceptionally beautiful staging a revelation.”
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