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
October 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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OxfordSongs from the East: Benjamin Appl & Graham Johnson

Brahms, Schubert, Schumann
Benjamin Appl; Graham Johnson

DüsseldorfShuan Hern Lee

Bach, Beethoven, Vine, Chopin, Schumann
Shuan Hern Lee, Piano

OxfordLa Bonne Chanson: Mark Padmore & Imogen Cooper

Schumann, Fauré
Mark Padmore; Imogen Cooper

LondonChristoph Richter & Dénes Várjon – Schumann: A Haunted Legacy

Schumann, Schumann C., Holliger, Brahms
Christoph Richter; Dénes Várjon

New York CityBorromeo String Quartet

Currier, Mendelssohn, Bach, Schumann
Borromeo String Quartet; Nicholas Kitchen; Kristopher Tong; Mai Motobuchi
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East meets West: Ligeti, Dvořák, and Schumann with Gimeno and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Gimeno, making his Symphony Hall debut, impressed in a program opening with Ligeti's Concert Românesc.
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An evening of Mendelssohn and Schumann with the Seattle Symphony and Gidon Kremer

Music by Mendelssohn framed Schumann’s misunderstood Violin Concerto in this sensitive concert led by Ludovic Morlot and featuring guest violinist Gidon Kremer.
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Impressive line-up at the London Piano Festival

Still only in its second year, the London Piano Festival has already established itself as a major player in the capital’s music scene.
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Disturbing scenes: Staatsoper reopens with a messy Faustian hybrid

Jürgen Flimm's take on Schumann's Faust Scenes offers no solutions to self-imposed problems at the Staatsoper unter den Linden's glitzy reopening.
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Tripping the light fantastic in Köln

François-Xavier Roth conducts sparkling, refreshing accounts of Debussy, Schumann and Strauss in the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln season-opening gala.
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