Robert Schumann

© Photo by Michael Sondermann Presseamt Stadt Bonn
© Photo by Michael Sondermann Presseamt Stadt Bonn
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.
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Year of birth1810
Year of death1856
NationalityGermany
PeriodRomantic
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Schumann Birthday Playlist

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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LondonLunchtime Recital - Adam Taylor (piano)

Chopin, Schumann, Liszt
Adam Taylor, Piano

StockholmTour Preparations

Tarrodi, Nielsen, Schumann
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

AmsterdamStar Soprano Renée Fleming: American Classics

Beethoven, Barber, Handel, Schumann
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Renée Fleming

RavelloCostantino Catena piano recital

Schumann, Liszt
Costantino Catena, Piano

CologneGala Concert at the Opening of the Season

Debussy, Schumann, Strauss R.
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Nathan Braude; Edgar Moreau
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Mostly Mozart pays homage to a muse named Clara

The program focused on the essential role that Clara Wieck-Schumann had in the artistic development of both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
***11
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Uchida plays to her strengths in Salzburg

On a warm summer's evening in Mozart's home city, Japanese master pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida delivered a delicately crafted solo recital.
****1
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Prom 40: Neatly dovetailed programme from the SCO

A refreshing Austro-German programme of works that neatly dovetailed into each other, presented with energy by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.
****1
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Prom 33: Nordic noir meets German Expressionism

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen’s Proms debut was just one highlight in a rewarding programme of Nordic and German music.
****1
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Bertrand Chamayou makes brilliant Cleveland Orchestra debut in Scriabin concerto

Susanna Mälkki was guest conductor for The Cleveland Orchestra’s Summers@Severance concert, which also included Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony.
****1
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