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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
NationalityGermany
PeriodRomantic
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Schumann Birthday Playlist

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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SevilleFausto

Fausto
Wagner, Rachmaninov, Schumann
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; John Axelrod; Mary Anne Huntsman

ManchesterPeter Donohoe, piano

Peter Donohoe, piano
Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
Peter Donohoe, Piano

PhiladelphiaBeethoven's Eroica

Beethoven, Schumann
Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Jonathan Biss; Kensho Watanabe

AtlantaElgar Cello Concerto at 100

Sullivan, Elgar, Schumann
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar; Sheku Kanneh-Mason

VallettaA Spring Symphony

Brahms, Webern, Schumann
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Laus; Pietro De Maria
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Stravinsky and Schumann with Dudamel and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall © Hilary Scott
Gustavo Dudamel and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform Stravinsky and Schumann's rousing musical depictions of spring.
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A colourful journey with Igor Levit and the ONF

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
With Alain Altinoglu at the podium, the programme of works by Beethoven, Ravel and Stravinsky showed off Levit's lightness and freshness and brought out the excitement of fairytales.
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Master craftsmen: Lachenmann's My Melodies

Helmut Lachenmann © Stephan Rabold
The most recent work by the elder statesman of contemporary music in Germany is given a performance in Berlin's Philharmonie.
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Supergroup Fauré and Schumann at Wigmore Hall

Steven Isserlis © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Much more than an accompanist, Denk was the rock on which the success of such a demanding programme was built.
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Musical worlds collide in Manchester

John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
John Storgårds conducts the BBC Philharmonic in the premiere of Robin Holloway’s trumpet concerto and Valentin Silvestrov’s Fifth Symphony. 
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