Documentary

A Letter to Clara – With Hélène Grimaud

A reflection on love and music

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Cast

Jerzy May — Narrator

Elsa Hanewinkel — Clara Schumann

Volker J. Ringe — Robert Schumann

Sebastian Mirow — Johannes Brahms

Hélène Grimaud — Pianist

Albrecht Mayer — Oboist

Anne Sofie von Otter — Mezzo-soprano

Truls Mørk — Cellist

Staatskapelle Dresden

Esa-Pekka Salonen — Conductor

SWR Orchestra

Michael Gielen — Conductor

Program notes

Join brilliant French pianist Hélène Grimaud for a captivating journey into the life, loves, and music-making of Clara Schumann. Benedict Mirow’s exquisite documentary film sensitively knits together interviews with Grimaud and her colleagues, excerpts from Grimaud’s performances of works by Clara and Robert Schumann and Brahms, and dramatic readings of the three artists’ letters to one another.

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