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
December 2017
Evening performance
Matinee performance

Schumann Birthday Playlist

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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ZürichNuggi-Konzert: Kinder bis 1 Jahr

Schumann C., Schumann
Anna Tchinaeva; Anna Tyka Nyffenegger; Suguru Ito

BarcelonaThus Spoke Zarathustra

Bach, Schumann, Strauss R.
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Frank Peter Zimmermann


Schumann C., Schumann
Anna Tchinaeva; Anna Tyka Nyffenegger; Suguru Ito

AmsterdamIntroduction to Schumann's Piano Quintet (in Dutch)

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op.44
Bert Natter; Heath Quartet; Hannes Minnaar

OsakaSpecial concert "Kando no Daiku" ~Beethoven "Symphony No.9"

Schumann, Beethoven
Osaka Symphony Orchestra; Kiyotaka Teraoka; Masako Oobuchi; Nariko Yomo; Aiko Yamada; Naoki Nizuka
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Unassuming virtuosity: Daniil Trifonov’s Chopiniana

Chopin was the inspiration for the Russian pianist's latest recital, pairing works inspired by the composer with the “Funeral March” Sonata. 
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A golden evening for Mariss Jansons

After a revelatory performance with his Bavarian RSO at the Barbican, Mariss Jansons was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society for being "the quintessential musicians’ musician".
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Casting a Napoleonic shadow in Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

A questionable performance of Schumann's Violin Concerto was redeemed by lively interpretations of Beethoven's Third Symphony and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
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Ashkenazy returns to Severance Hall

The former principal guest conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra made his first appearance in seven years to lead graceful performances of Elgar and Beethoven. 
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Songful Schumann from Sir Roger Norrington and the RSNO

Norrington's Schumann cycle with the RSNO begins convincingly.
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