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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

Robert Schumann in 1839
Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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LondonJulius Drake Masterclass

© Marco Borggreve
Gurney, Vaughan Williams, Schumann, Debussy
Julius Drake, Piano

LondonRichard Causton, Schumann and Brahms

Causton, Schumann, Brahms
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Steven Isserlis

HerfordKammerkonzert 3

Schumann, Jolivet, Debussy, Chopin
Marion Vetter; Yumi Kimachi

BirminghamRafał Blechacz in recital

Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin
Rafał Blechacz, Piano

LondonDreams And Visions: Come To Me In My Dreams

Gurney, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Bridge, Schumann, Schubert, Wolf, Duparc, Fauré
Nicholas Mogg; Jâms Coleman
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Stars shine on Oxford Philharmonic's 20th anniversary concert

Martha Argerich performs with the Oxford Philharmonic © Richard Cave
When did three such luminaries last grace the same concert, let alone the same first half?
*****
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Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles: a rapturous seasonal concert

Nicky Spence © David Bebber
The tone was set for a shrewdly programmed hour of contrasts.
*****
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Orchestre Métropolitain renders a poignant Mahler 9

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Orchestre Métropolitain | François Goupil
Eighteen years ago Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain took a huge gamble by appointing the youthful local Yannick Néget- Séguin as its Music Director. Now, when the Maestro returns to conduct in his native city, a lovefest ensues.
****1
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A balance of form and passion: Lars Vogt plays Brahms with RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
A gloriously romantic performance by Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia of Brahms' First Piano Concerto, complemented by Beethoven and Schumann.
****1
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Sumptuous Schumann and bracing Brahms from the Nash Ensemble

Christine Rice © Patricia Taylor
Awkard programming but fine musicianship from the Nash Ensemble and Christine Rice as part of its 'German Romantics' series.
***11
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