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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.
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Year of birth1810
Year of death1856
July 2018
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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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SeattleDebussy, Schumann, Beethoven, & Korngold

© Tom Marks Photography
Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, Korngold
Anthony McGill; Max Levinson; Clive Greensmith; Orion Weiss

DubrovnikYuya Okamoto & Robert Kulek

Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schumann, Franck
Yuya Okamoto; Robert Kulek

LondonProm 8: Youthful Beginnings

Boulanger, Mendelssohn, Owen, Schumann
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Søndergård; Bertrand Chamayou

LondonThe Amici Trio

Debussy, Edwards, Schumann, Piazzolla, Klughardt, Bach
The Amici Trio; Elsie Woollard; Mark Gibbs; Christopher Atkinson

VerbierJanine Jansen & Elisabeth Leonskaja

Janine Jansen & Elisabeth Leonskaja
Schumann, Beethoven
Janine Jansen; Elisabeth Leonskaja
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Chamber music gets physical at the Schubertiade

Martin Fröst and Roland Pöntinen © Schubertiade
As part of the annual Schubertiade festival, clarinettist Martin Fröst and pianist Roland Pöntinin recently gave an unforgettable recital.
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Pittsburgh Symphony closes season magnificently

Manfred Honeck © Felix Broede
Manfred Honeck concluded the PSO’s season – his tenth as music director – with Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and a spectacular traversal of Berlioz’s Te Deum.
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Life and death in Istanbul: Maisky family trio

Sasha, Mischa and Lily Maisky © Ali Guler
Youthful Mahler, earth-shattering Shostatovich and life-affirming Schumann, played by The Maisky Trio and Maxim Rysanov at the Istanbul Music Festival.
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Bryn Terfel at the Bergen International Festival

Sir Bryn Terfel and Caradog Williams © Magnus Skrede
At their recital at the Bergen International Festival, Bryn Terfel and pianist Caradog Williams presented a programme of overwhelming sameness and neverending joviality.
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Paradise Regained: Schumann’s secular oratorio in Berlin

Mikko Franck © Abramowitz | Radio France
Berliner Philharmoniker’s interpretation of Das Paradies und die Peri reaches for the heavens. 
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