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
August 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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LondonLunchtime Recital - Adam Taylor (piano)

Chopin, Schumann, Liszt
Adam Taylor, Piano

StockholmTour Preparations

Tarrodi, Nielsen, Schumann
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo

AmsterdamStar Soprano Renée Fleming: American Classics

Beethoven, Barber, Handel, Schumann
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Renée Fleming

RavelloCostantino Catena piano recital

Schumann, Liszt
Costantino Catena, Piano

CologneGala Concert at the Opening of the Season

Debussy, Schumann, Strauss R.
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Nathan Braude; Edgar Moreau
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Mostly Mozart pays homage to a muse named Clara

The program focused on the essential role that Clara Wieck-Schumann had in the artistic development of both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
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Uchida plays to her strengths in Salzburg

On a warm summer's evening in Mozart's home city, Japanese master pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida delivered a delicately crafted solo recital.
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Prom 40: Neatly dovetailed programme from the SCO

A refreshing Austro-German programme of works that neatly dovetailed into each other, presented with energy by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati.
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Prom 33: Nordic noir meets German Expressionism

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen’s Proms debut was just one highlight in a rewarding programme of Nordic and German music.
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Bertrand Chamayou makes brilliant Cleveland Orchestra debut in Scriabin concerto

Susanna Mälkki was guest conductor for The Cleveland Orchestra’s Summers@Severance concert, which also included Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony.
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