Robert Schumann

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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
NationalityGermany
PeriodRomantic

Schumann Birthday Playlist

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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SheffieldSongsmiths - Secrets and Obsessions

Balfe, Purcell, Schubert, Loewe, Bridge, Britten, Strauss R., Brahms, Schumann, Wolf, Mendelssohn, Hahn, Granados, Butterworth, Lehrer
Elizabeth Watts; Nicky Spence; Christopher Ainslie; Audrey Hyland

TokyoNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Schumann, Schubert
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Tanja Tetzlaff

AmsterdamAtos Trio and Isabel Charisius: Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1

Mahler, Schumann, Fauré
Atos Trio; Isabel Charisius

CheltenhamBBC Young Musician Rush Hour 1

Bach, Schumann, Ginastera, Chopin
Martin James Bartlett, Piano

Bantry55. Crespo Series

Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven
Dénes Várjon; Pieter Wispelwey; Viviane Hagner; Johannes Moser
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Funeral fun with Franui at the Holland Festival

Half-arty, half-folky, this collaboration between bass-baritone Florian Boesch and the East Tyrolean ensemble Franui was an entertaining mixed bag.
***11
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Bel canto Schumann unzipped by Enrique Mazzola and the Philharmonia

In the absence of an indisposed Christoph von Dohnányi, Enrique Mazzola impressed in a perfectly formed programme with the Philharmonia. 
****1
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A felicitous debut at Carnegie Hall: Nikita Mndoyants

Nikita Mndoyants proved his adeptness in shaping small musical forms and meaningfully connecting them.
****1
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The MET Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in a revelatory pairing of Schumann and Mahler

At Carnegie Hall the MET orchestra proves that, temporarily rudderless, it's still a top ensemble
****1
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Morlot in his element for L’Enfant et les sortilèges

Music Director Ludovic Morlot, known for his intriguing programming, outdid himself with a summery breeze of a program that enchanted from beginning to end.
****1
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