Robert Schumanns Symphony No. 2 was written in 1845 while he was recovering from a breakdown. The piece contains an illustration of how his creative daemons, the heroic, high-spirited Florestan, and the brooding, poetic Eusebius, came into conflict in his music, with its combination of power and intimate lyricism. Focusing on the Second Symphony, and featuring Simon Callow as Schumann, this film uses a dynamic interaction between rehearsal footage and dramatised sequences to give a penetrating insight into the composers complex and fractured genius. Sir Roger Norrington conducts the Camerata Academica in the piece, which is woven together with this highly original and visually distinguished music film.
Release Date: 15 February 2010
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 55 minutes
Main Language: English