GIUSEPPE SINOPOLI AND THE
The Two Eyes of Horus & Dreampaths of Music
A musical journey - combining western music with the
ancient Egyptian culture
SCHÖNBERG: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4;
R. STRAUSS: Metamorphosen; SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish", Op.
97; WAGNER: Prelude to Parsifal; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7, Op. 92
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages: D, F, SP, IT
Region Code: 2, 5
Running Time: 90 + 86 mins
Cat. no.: 100 502
Arthaus presents a strong programme specially chosen and conducted by Giuseppe
Sinopoli, presented in two films using stunning natural images shot on location
in Egypt and elsewhere.
Giuseppe Sinopoli, the conductor, composer, teacher, physician and archaeologist,
died at the age of 55 in 2001 while at the podium conducting Verdi's Aida
in Berlin. Labelled the "spirited thoroughbred of a musician" by Wolfgang
Wagner, he was fascinated by Egyptology and it was his passion which prompted
him to conceive this television project combining his passions - the music of
Western European culture and the art and philosophy of Pharaonic Egypt.
In the film Two Eyes of Horus Giuseppe Sinopoli conducts two famous
twentieth-century pieces for string orchestra - Schoenberg's Verklärte
Nacht and Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen - and relates them to the
myths of the ancient Egyptian world. The music performances are visualised with
resplendent footage shot on location in Egypt and each piece is preceded by
a documentary sequence in which Sinopoli explains his ideas.
The second part Dreampaths of Music features performances of Schumann's
Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish"), the prelude to Wagner's Parsifal and Beethoven's
Symphony No. 7. For Sinopoli, these pieces form a thought-provoking journey
in music from West to East. Pat Gavin, who has won countless awards for his
innovative electronic graphics, worked with Barrie Gavin to add a striking visual
element to this extraordinary cultural journey, one linked by images of rivers
and water, from the Rhine Valley to the Nile.