Robert Schumann

June 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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SheffieldSongsmiths - Secrets and Obsessions

Balfe, Purcell, Schubert, Loewe, Bridge, Britten, Strauss R., Brahms, Schumann, Wolf, Mendelssohn, Hahn, Granados, Butterworth, Lehrer
Elizabeth Watts; Nicky Spence; Christopher Ainslie; Audrey Hyland

TokyoNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Schumann, Schubert
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Tanja Tetzlaff

AmsterdamAtos Trio and Isabel Charisius: Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1

Mahler, Schumann, Fauré
Atos Trio; Isabel Charisius

CheltenhamBBC Young Musician Rush Hour 1

Bach, Schumann, Ginastera, Chopin
Martin James Bartlett, Piano

Bantry55. Crespo Series

Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven
Dénes Várjon; Pieter Wispelwey; Viviane Hagner; Johannes Moser
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Half-arty, half-folky, this collaboration between bass-baritone Florian Boesch and the East Tyrolean ensemble Franui was an entertaining mixed bag.
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Bel canto Schumann unzipped by Enrique Mazzola and the Philharmonia

In the absence of an indisposed Christoph von Dohnányi, Enrique Mazzola impressed in a perfectly formed programme with the Philharmonia. 
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