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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
April 2019
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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Wagner, Rachmaninov, Schumann
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; John Axelrod; Mary Anne Huntsman

ManchesterPeter Donohoe, piano

Peter Donohoe, piano
Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
Peter Donohoe, Piano

PhiladelphiaBeethoven's Eroica

Beethoven, Schumann
Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Jonathan Biss; Kensho Watanabe

AtlantaElgar Cello Concerto at 100

Sullivan, Elgar, Schumann
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar; Sheku Kanneh-Mason

VallettaA Spring Symphony

Brahms, Webern, Schumann
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Laus; Pietro De Maria
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Stravinsky and Schumann with Dudamel and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall © Hilary Scott
Gustavo Dudamel and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform Stravinsky and Schumann's rousing musical depictions of spring.
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A colourful journey with Igor Levit and the ONF

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
With Alain Altinoglu at the podium, the programme of works by Beethoven, Ravel and Stravinsky showed off Levit's lightness and freshness and brought out the excitement of fairytales.
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Master craftsmen: Lachenmann's My Melodies

Helmut Lachenmann © Stephan Rabold
The most recent work by the elder statesman of contemporary music in Germany is given a performance in Berlin's Philharmonie.
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Supergroup Fauré and Schumann at Wigmore Hall

Steven Isserlis © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Much more than an accompanist, Denk was the rock on which the success of such a demanding programme was built.
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Musical worlds collide in Manchester

John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
John Storgårds conducts the BBC Philharmonic in the premiere of Robin Holloway’s trumpet concerto and Valentin Silvestrov’s Fifth Symphony. 
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