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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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HalifaxStéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone

Stéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone
Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin
Stéphane Tétreault; Marie-Ève Scarfone

ViennaKammermusik der Wiener Philharmoniker 1

Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann
Johannes Kostner; Martin Kubik; Ursula Ruppe; Georgy Goryunov

BerlinMenahem Pressler

Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin
Menahem Pressler, Piano

BarcelonaQuinta de Mahler

© May Zircus
Schumann, Mahler
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Stefan Dohr; Juan Manuel Gómez; José Vicente Castelló; José Miguel Asensi

AshlandMasterworks 1: Bernstein, Schumann, Kodaly

Bernstein, Schumann, Kodály
Rogue Valley Symphony
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Fingerlos and El Mouissi perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe at Lucerne

Sascha El Mouissi and Rafael Fingerlos © Lucerne Festival | Peter Fischli
The gifted baritone Rafael Fingerlos lit up Lucerne’s Lukaskirche with Dichterliebe, the song cycle of 16 poems by Heinrich Heine.
***11
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Seong-Jin Cho shows maturity and subtlety in Verbier recital

Seong-Jin Cho © Harald Hoffmann | DG
In a passionate and evocative programme, South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho shows that his interpretive skills can start to blossom beyond mere technical prowess. 
****1
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Prom 8: Youthful beginnings and untimely ends

Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
To works by Mendelssohn and Schumann, Søndergård added music by two impressive female composers who died far too young and whose works are far less known than they should be, Lili Boulanger and Morfydd Owen. 
****1
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Igor Levit delivers a majestic recital in Birmingham

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Fourth time's a charm as pianist Igor Levit returns to Birmingham for a tremendous recital. 
****1
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Gabriela Montero returns to Wigmore Hall

Gabriela Montero © Shelley Mosman
Master improviser Gabriela Montero dazzles with an evening of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann.
****1
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