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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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LondonStudents from the Purcell School

© The Purcell School
Muramatsu, Glentworth, Markovich, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Burton, Chaminade, Schumann, Albéniz, Rachmaninov
Students from The Purcell School

Saffron WaldenCarolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies 
& Joseph Middleton

Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies 
& Joseph Middleton
Purcell, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Quilter
Carolyn Sampson; Iestyn Davies; Joseph Middleton

AmsterdamHerreweghe and RCO: Schumann and Beethoven

© Michiel Hendryckx
Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Philippe Herreweghe; Isabelle Faust

PamplonaOrquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
Arriaga, Strauss R., Grieg, Ibáñez Irribarria, Liszt, Schumann
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra; Juanjo Mena; Coro Araba Abesbatza

BrugesRotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Schumann, Schubert
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani; Alisa Weilerstein
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Mysterious and glittering machines from Alasdair Beatson

Alasdair Beatson © Giorgia Bertazzi
Alasdair Beatson presented a dazzling programme of 20th-century piano music, with Harrison Birtwistle at its centre. 
*****
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Classical in scale, romantic in outlook

Leticia Moreno © Omar Ayyashi
Gabor Takács-Nagy conducts the Manchester Camerata in Mendelssohn, Bruch and Schumann
****1
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Sumptous Schumann from the Staatskapelle Dresden in Tokyo

If you like your Schumann symphonies the old fashioned way with lush, sonorous strings and heroic horns and brass, then Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden are for you.
***11
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Martin Helmchen pays debt to Schumann’s genius in Baden

Martin Helmchen © Giorgia Bertazzi
By using Schumann’s Novelletten to draw a broad dramaturgical bow over the whole evening, Martin Helmchen stands on his own as a bold and highly creative pianist.
*****
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Kanneh-Mason gives royal performance in Seattle

Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges
British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason gave the impression that he had been playing the cello since he was in the womb
***11
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