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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.

Fact file
Year of birth1810
Year of death1856
May 2020
Evening performance
Matinee performance

Schumann Birthday Playlist

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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StockholmSoup Concert with piano trios

Soup Concert with piano trios
Linde, Schumann
Daniel Holst; Patrik Swedrup; Stefan Lindgren

BergenHenning Kraggerud & Christian Ihle Hadland

Beethoven, Bull, Schumann, Franck, Svendsen, Grieg
Henning Kraggerud; Christian Ihle Hadland

BergenJohanne Haugland & Gunnar Flagstad

Grieg, Schumann, Debussy, Saeverud
Johanne Haugland; Gunnar Flagstad

BergenFrancesco Piemontesi & Friends

Schumann, Brahms
Francesco Piemontesi; Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde; Ludvig Gudim; Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad

AmsterdamBaritone Georg Nigl: Schubert, Schumann and Wolf

© Anita Schmid
Schubert, Loewe, Schumann, Wolf
Georg Nigl; Olga Pashchenko
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Passionate, ebullient Rachmaninov from Paavo Jarvi and the NHK

Paavo Järvi and the NHK Symphony Orchestra © Belinda Lawley
Igor Stravinsky once described Sergei Rachmaninov as "a six-and-a-half foot scowl". His Second Symphony – often a lugubrious affair – was here turned into something urgent and vital. 
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Star factor: Lise Davidsen in recital at the Barbican

Lise Davidsen © Ray Burmiston

Lise Davidsen is now a major talent and in this warmly presented recital, she showcased technical ability and raw power in a programme of Scandinavian and German songs.

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Radiant Tabakova and breezy Beethoven from Aurora Orchestra

Alexandra Wood and Sébastien Van Kuijk play Tabakova's Dawn © Nick Rutter
A month into the year-long "Nature Unwrapped" programme at Kings Place, it was the turn of its resident Aurora Orchestra to contribute to the series.
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A storm of thrills: Beatrice Rana makes landfall at the Wigmore

Beatrice Rana © Nicolas Bets
The Cliburn-winning pianist enthralls the Wigmore Hall audience with full-blooded Stravinsky and a distinctive, rounded approach to Bach.
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Tetzlaff redefines clarity with the National Symphony Orchestra

Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi

Christian Tetzlaff proves once again why audiences can’t get enough of his sound in a program of Dvořák and Schumann with Christoph Eschenbach at the helm.

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