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On demand: Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto

KonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden

Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto is beautiful and dazzlingly masterful. Here, we hear it performed by acclaimed pianist Lauma Skride as soloist. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra plays under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado.

Clara Schumann was one of the nineteenth century’s most admired and influential pianists: she played in the same league as Frédéric Chopin, Friedrich Kalkbrenner and Franz Liszt. She also introduced the practice of soloists playing without a score.

The Piano Concerto sparkles like fireworks. This imaginative and surprising music overflows with youthful fervour and energy. We can also hear inspiration from Chopin (whom she preferred over Liszt). Clara, whose name was still Wieck at the time, was just 16 years old when she performed as the soloist at the world premiere in 1835, at home in Leipzig. Felix Mendelssohn conducted.

Latvian pianist Lauma Skride has garnered acclaim for her interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire, and she regularly appears with prominent European orchestras. Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado is the principal guest conductor at Teatro Real in Madrid and also has a close collaboration with Freiburger Barockorchester. He is in demand among orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Filmed in October 2019.

© Marco Borggreve
© Marco Borggreve
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