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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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BudapestSchumann

Wavemaker Hungary - MUPA
Schumann
Budapest Festival Orchestra; Marek Janowski; Francesco Piemontesi

BarcelonaLo que me cuenta el amor

Bach, Jolas, Schumann, Carter, Mahler
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Ludovic Morlot; Pierre-Laurent Aimard

LondonSunday Concerts: London Bridge Trio

Schumann, Matthews C., Mendelssohn
London Bridge Trio

GenevaZimmermann plays Schumann (Geneva)

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Schumann, Brahms
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Jonathan Nott; Frank Peter Zimmermann

LausanneZimmermann plays Schumann (Lausanne)

Schumann, Brahms
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Jonathan Nott; Frank Peter Zimmermann
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German Romanticism from Argerich, Cambreling and Symphoniker Hamburg

The octogenarian phenomenon that is Martha Argerich still has something different to say about Schumann's Piano Concerto, while Sylvain Cambreling adopts a bright and breezy approach to Schubert's Ninth Symphony.
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Three nationalities in the mix with the Budapest Festival Orchestra

In a patchwork assembly of German Romantic and French impressionistic works, the chief interest in the Budapest Festival Orchestra's latest programme was the appearance of star violist Tabea Zimmermann in pieces by Schumann and Kurtág.
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Rousing virtuosity from Fischer and Avdeeva at the Tonhalle

Two superbly accomplished musicians light up the stage in Zurich with repertoire that spans the centuries.

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Stephen Hough illuminates thoughtful recital program in Cincinnati

Stephen Hough performs major works by Schumann and Chopin, paired with the works of English composers... including himself.
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