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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.
Fact file
Year of birth1810
Year of death1856
March 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance

Schumann Birthday Playlist

Robert Schumann in 1839
Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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BarcelonaBeethoven's Emperor

Beethoven's Emperor
Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Saleem Ashkar

SingaporeRadiance And Spark

Kilar, Schumann, Tang, Mozart
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Michał Nesterowicz; Members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

ZugLunchkonzert Frühling - Zuger Sinfonietta

Schumann, Taffanel

LucerneDenis Matsuev

Schumann, Rachmaninov, Bernstein
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons; Denis Matsuev

ParisSymphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Schumann, Rachmaninov, Bernstein
Mariss Jansons; Denis Matsuev; Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir
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Anxieties, fantasies and ironies: Thibaudet and Philadelphia Orchestra

Jean-Yves Thibaudet © Kasskara | Decca
The Philadelphia Orchestra gives us convincing renditions of Bernstein, Schumann and Strauss.
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Gardiner and LSO make a welcome return

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
The replication of the weekend’s triumph was cut short by a somewhat dimly executed Fourth Symphony, as violinist Faust stole the show. 
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A Winter Journey with John Chest

John Chest © Andrey Stoycher
If Chest is not yet the finished article, he’s damned close.
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Intimacy and exuberance in Schumann and Chopin

Maurizio Pollini © Mathias Bothor | DG
With plenty of sparkle and spritz, Pollini laces his performances of Schumann and Chopin with intimacy and introspection in a programme of contrasting emotions.
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Spellbinding Schumann from Gardiner and the LSO

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the LSO in Essen © Sven Lorenz
With Gardiner’s eye for detail, the LSO triumph in a concert that marks the start of a new Schumann symphony cycle.
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