Robert Schumann

May 2017
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Robert Schumann was undoubtedly one of the greatest German composers of the Romantic era. A hand injury, sustained in a misguided attempt to strengthen the fingers on his right hand by the use of a mechanical device, ended his career as a concert pianist. After this time, Schumann focused on composition instead.
Fact file
Year of birth1810
Year of death1856

Schumann Birthday Playlist

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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ParisBach, Schumann, Liszt, Helmschrott, Mather, Leguay

Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Helmschrott, Mather, Leguay
Jean-Pierre Leguay; Daniel Ciampolini

BirminghamBeethoven, Poulenc, Schumann

Beethoven, Poulenc, Schumann, Tanguy, Schnittke
Edgar Moreau; Pierre-Yves Hodique

PragueNocturne 1

Schumann, Schubert
Alexander Lonquich, Piano

LondonLunchtime Recital - Bryony Gibson-Cornish (viola) Gamal Khamis (piano)

Prokofiev, Schumann
Bryony Gibson-Cornish; Gamal Khamis

ValladolidMozart, Schumann, Brahms

Mozart, Schumann, Brahms
Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León; Andrew Gourlay; Isabelle Faust
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An exceptional chamber music afternoon

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Potency and mischief at Wigmore Hall

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