- Ekkehard Abele (Bass)
- Mechthild Bach (Soprano)
- Tobias Berndt (Bass)
- Manfred Bittner (Bass)
- Markus Flaig (Bass)
- Elisabeth Popien (Mezzo Soprano)
- Johann von Bülow (Voice)
- Hans Mammel (Tenor)
Notes & Reviews:
This musical adaptation of Lord Byron's famous Romantic closet drama, Manfred, has been described as "truly spectacular" (Das Opernglas) In this 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. Conducted by Andrey Boreyko and directed by Johannes Deutsch, this is one DVD you must watch.
This is the best thing we have to date. Standard PCM sound... and the picture is very good.
Version, beautifully recited by Johann von Bnlow (Manfred) and fairly well sung, is managed with commitment and correction.
This Düsseldorf presentation has the musical forces beneath a great oval screen on which Manfred's face appears, along with mountains, arches, and more abstract designs that occasionally expand to cover orchestra and all. It's an impressive realization by Johannes Deutsche of this echt-Romantic work, giving it an almost choreographic dimension. Andrey Boreyko leads his large forces in a powerful performance, with Johann von Bülow speaking Manfred effectively...
BBC Music Magazine
This exceptionally beautiful staging is a revelation
The performance is excellent in every way. Soloists are in with the orchestra.
Run Time: 89 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, French
Submitted on 09/26/11 by Dan Coombs
Works DetailsSchumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
- Performers: Ekkehard Abele (Bass); Mechthild Bach (Soprano); Tobias Berndt (Bass); Manfred Bittner (Bass); Markus Flaig (Bass); Hans Mammel (Tenor); Elisabeth Popien (Mezzo Soprano); Johann von Bülow (Voice)
- Conductor: Andrey Boreyko
- Ensemble: Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1848-1849