Spring Symphony

  • 1983
  • 1 HR 43 MIN
  • PG-13
  • Biography, Musical

SPRING SYMPHONY treats with fatal reverence the love affair between Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck (one of the most highly praised pianists of her day, she became both Schumann's wife and a major interpreter of his compositions). As the picture opens in Germany in the early 1800s, both the teenage Schumann and the prepubescent Wieck are being touted as...read more

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SPRING SYMPHONY treats with fatal reverence the love affair between Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck (one of the most highly praised pianists of her day, she became both Schumann's wife and a major interpreter of his compositions). As the picture opens in Germany in the early 1800s, both

the teenage Schumann and the prepubescent Wieck are being touted as virtuosos. Although Clara's father (Schumann's instructor) is perversely possessive of her, the developing daughter (played in adulthood by Nastassja Kinski) becomes attracted to Schumann, and he to her. Most of her time is spent

traveling to recitals throughout Europe, earning praise from everyone from Goethe to Mendelssohn to Paganini to Chopin. Meanwhile, Schumann, who has partially crippled his hands through overly strenuous practicing, spends his days composing brilliant works that mainstream music critics fail to

appreciate. As Clara gains fame, she regularly includes Schumann's compositions in her repertoire, including his declaration of love for her, the "Spring Symphony" (Symphony No. 1 in B Flat, Op. 38). While the romance between Schumann and Wieck was especially interesting and intense, Peter

Schamoni's direction of their story is less than inspired. His reverence may please the Schumann devotees who will hunt this film out, but it does not make for a very interesting picture, and one never senses the excitement of genius that must have existed in the characters' lives. Instead, SPRING

SYMPHONY is as staid as the music scene that Schumann fought to reshape. (In German; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: SPRING SYMPHONY treats with fatal reverence the love affair between Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck (one of the most highly praised pianists of her day, she became both Schumann's wife and a major interpreter of his compositions). As the picture opens in G… (more)

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