Robert Schumann

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Evening performance
Matinee performance
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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CheltenhamOut of Dresden

Wagner, Schumann
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits; Steven Isserlis

BernSymphoniekonzert: Musik und Verwandlung

Wagner, Liszt, Schumann
Bern Symphony Orchestra; Markus Stenz; Alexander Kantorov

LondonLunchtime Recital - XinRu Chen (piano)

Bach, Beethoven, Schumann
XinRu Chen, Piano

MontrealBrahms according to Vasily Petrenko

Garant, Schumann, Brahms
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Vasily Petrenko; Javier Perianes

ClaygateOxshott & Cobham Music Society - Vitaly Pisarenko

Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schumann
Vitaly Pisarenko, Piano
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Good hunting and friendly conversation

A well-balanced programme drew a large crowd to Wigmore Hall for a diet of high fibre Beethoven, crunchy Bartók and, joined by young Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya, Schumann’s delicious Piano Quintet.
****1
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German Romanticism from the BSO

Schumann and Wagner were twinned in a programme focusing on works written in 1850 with impressvie results. 
****1
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Benjamin Grosvenor’s Chicago debut

The pianist’s ability to easily bring out the melodic qualities, the shifts in mood and color from amidst the swirling pyrotechnics is remarkable for someone so young.
*****
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Meaty Brahms from Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Philharmonia

Continuing the 'German Romantic' series, Steffens and the Philharmonia gave an indulgent performance, culminating in a thrilling account of Brahms' Third.
****1
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Daniil Trifonov, a poet at the keyboard

The young Russian pianist once more bewitches, dazzles and excites in a wide-ranging recital.
*****
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