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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
May 2018
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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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Schumann, Schumann C.
Kungsbacka Piano Trio

LondonNikola Avramovic in Recital

Nikola Avramovic in Recital
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16
Nikola Avramovic, Piano

ParisOrchestre de chambre de Paris

Veress, Schumann, Brahms
Orchestre de Chambre de Paris; Tabea Zimmermann

AmsterdamPianist Lukáš Vondráček: Mozart, Brahms and Schumann

© Irene Kim
Mozart, Brahms, Schumann
Lukáš Vondrácek, Piano

ParisHaydn et le piano

Haydn, Debussy, Schumann, Prokofiev
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Piano
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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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Gustavo Gimeno makes an uneven debut in Edinburgh

Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
Renaud Capuçon's Mendelssohn and a strong Schumann 2 make up for a rocky start in Edinburgh.
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Mercurial Schumann and portentous Bruckner in Cologne

Michael Sanderling © Marco Borggreve
Pianist Alice Sara Ott and the Dresden Philharmonic at the Cologne Philharmonic
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Vienna Piano Trio impresses in stamina and sensitivity at Turner Sims

Vienna Piano Trio © Nancy Horowitz
Three works of different character were given strong, largely persuasive readings by this acclaimed Piano Trio, and impressed with their assurance and commitment.
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The CBSO play Beethoven, Schumann and Wagner in Cardiff

Rudolf Buchbinder © Marco Borggreve
Jonathan Bloxham steps in for a presumably unwell Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla with the CBSO in Cardiff. 
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