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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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PooleBSO Artist-in-Residence Recital

© Patrick Allen / Opera Omnia
Schumann, Schumann C., Franck
Benjamin Grosvenor; Hyeyoon Park

PooleSunwook Plays Beethoven

Sunwook Plays Beethoven
Beethoven, Schumann
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits; Sunwook Kim

StockholmMinetti Quartet

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Sirmen, Shostakovich, Schubert, Schumann
Minetti Quartet

LondonBezhod Abduraimov in recital

Barbican
Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov
Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

LuganoOrchestra della Svizzera italiana al LAC

Orchestra della Svizzera italiana al LAC
Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Schumann
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana; Krzysztof Urbański; Pablo Ferrández
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Impetuous and impassioned Romantics from Hough, Gardiner and the BSO

Stephen Hough rehearsing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra © Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Stephen Hough and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra provide oodles of vibrancy and passion in Schumann and Brahms.
****1
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Cédric Tiberghien draws musical depth from variations at Wigmore Hall

Cédric Tiberghien © Wigmore Hall
The French pianist reveals the hidden depth in variations by Beethoven, Schumann and Webern.
*****
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An exhilarating Roussel Bacchus et Ariane in Stockholm

Alan Gilbert conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra © Nadja Sjöström
The Roussel Bacchus et Ariane was the standout performance in a trio of French orchestral works presented by Alan Gilbert and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. 
***11
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Still fresh, the Romantic intensity of Isserlis' Schumann

Steven Isserlis © BBC
Chloé van Soeterstède led the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a program of three light works clustered around the Schumann A minor Cello Concerto.
****1
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Farrenc's Third Symphony the star at Sage Gateshead

Royal Northern Sinfonia © Royal Northern Sinfonia
The Royal Northern Sinfonia under Duncan Ward performed works by Robert Schumann, Hector Berlioz and Louise Farrenc. 
****1
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