Robert Schumann

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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
NationalityGermany
PeriodRomantic

Schumann Birthday Playlist

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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GrandsonOrient-Occident : Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Rachmaninov

Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Rachmaninov
Camille Thomas; Beatrice Berrut

BudapestDenis Matsuev Piano concert

Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Denis Matsuev, Piano

RavelloLuca Mennella piano recital

Liszt, Schumann
Luca Mennella, Piano

LondonLawson Trio

Haydn, Clarke, Frances-Hoad, Schumann
Lawson Piano Trio

DijonBrahms | Schumann | Rachmaninov

Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninov
Orchestre Dijon-Bourgogne; Gergely Madaras; Choeur de l'Opéra de Dijon; Kathryn Stott
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Potency and mischief at Wigmore Hall

An absorbing programme of violin and piano duos from Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko saw captivating performances of Webern, Bartók and Ravel with an interesting edge in Schumann.
****1
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Late Style: Brahms and more

American pianist Jonathan Biss explored the notion of late style in a programme of works by Schumann, Kurtág, Chopin and Brahms which revealed a common intensity of expression regardless of the composer's age.
****1
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A versatile programme in Turku

Finnish pianist Juhani Lagerspetz impresses in Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. 
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Finghin Collins delivers highly expressive performance

Collins gives a scintillating performance of Bach and a highly expressive account of Schubert, Schumann and Chopin.
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Good hunting and friendly conversation

A well-balanced programme drew a large crowd to Wigmore Hall for a diet of high fibre Beethoven, crunchy Bartók and, joined by young Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya, Schumann’s delicious Piano Quintet.
****1
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