By Katharine Armitage
Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM
The set, first of all: you are surprised to find yourself in a cafe, at Poppe’s in Leipzig to be precise, a regular haunt of the Schumanns.
Music is played, several Lieder are sung, including ‘Die gute Nacht’, and we are shown scenes from Robert and Clara’s marriage. Of particular note was Oskar McCarthy’s performance: he gave us a Robert Schumann who was vulnerable and highly strung, teetering on the edge of insanity almost.
An excellent entertainment throughout, one where all the performers showed munificent talents. You were drawn back to Schumann’s work once more, which is a prime indication of the play’s power.