Schumann: Das Paradies und ... / Rattle
Sir Simon Rattle
Paradise and the Peri (01:37:32)
Simon Halsey talks about Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri” (00:14:53)
This work is shrouded in a mystery. Is it an opera? An oratorio? Or perhaps both? Going by what Robert Schumann intended when he composed his opus Paradise and the Peri based on Thomas Moore’s oriental epic poem Lalla Rookh, conceiving the German libretto with Emil Flechsig, then it is a worldly oratorio. So far so good. However: Paradise and the Peri has also appeared on stage as an opera – though without much success, due to the works’ limited scenic potential. So, in the end, the work recommends itself to a concertante performance, ideally staged under paradisiacal circumstances. In this case just a glimpse at the list of artists performing Schumann’s music reveals: this setting is paradise.