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Robert Schumann

© 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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RigaDaniel Lozakovich violin & Mikhail Pletnev piano

Schubert, Schumann, Franck
Mikhail Pletnev; Daniel Lozakovich

JūrmalaBryn Terfel bass-baritone & Annabel Thwaite piano

Schubert, Keel, Traditional, Schumann, Lewis, Williams
Sir Bryn Terfel; Annabel Thwaite

LuganoChailly and the Filarmonica della Scala: Nordic landscapes and romantic inspiration

© Brescia e Amisano
Sibelius, Schumann
Filarmonica della Scala; Riccardo Chailly; Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

LondonECHO Rising Stars: Ben Goldscheider

Barbican
Beethoven, Simpson, Schumann, Vignery
Ben Goldscheider; Tom Poster

ZürichPiano Quintet

Wolf-Ferrari, Schumann
Tatjana Pak; Jonathan Allen; Natalia Mosca; Andreas Plattner
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A battle of the concertos at the Verbier Festival

Age sometimes brings compensations: Mischa Maisky's total commitment to the Schumann concerto left Daniel Lozakovich out in the cold with Brahms. Meanwhile Klaus Mäkelä with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra reins back Romantic feeling in Schumann's Second Symphony.
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Glorious chamber music from Martha Argerich and friends in Hamburg

From Beethoven's “Ghost” Piano Trio to Schumann’s song cycle, Frauenliebe und -leben, an eclectic programme at the Martha Argerich Festival. 
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A Rhenish to remember Lio Kuokman and the Hong Kong Philharmonic

Pianist Colleen Lee displays both dexterity and delicacy in Mozart's Coronation concerto, while HK Phil strut their romantic stuff in Schumann's Rhenish Symphony.
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Richard Goode emphasises structure and colour in Caramoor recital

In Goode’s performance, Beethoven’s sonata appeared equidistant from the music of Bach and Schumann that preceded and followed it in the programme. 
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An excellent Rhenish from the Rhineland

Schumann's Third returns to its spiritual home as François-Xavier Roth conducts the Gürzenich Orchestra in a fine Rhenish
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