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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
June 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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SevilleEl fantasma de Goethe

El fantasma de Goethe
Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; Maxim Emelyanychev; Julia Igonina

LondonYoanna Prodanova & Mihai Ritivouiou

Schumann, Janáček, Shostakovich
Yoanna Prodanova, Cello

Saffron WaldenEmanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax
Brahms, Benjamin, Schumann, Ravel, Chopin
Emanuel Ax, Piano

SheffieldRebeca Omordia

Beethoven, Schumann, Schumann C., Chopin, Ravel, Onovwerosuoke
Rebeca Omordia, Piano

RavelloCinzia Dato piano recital

Cinzia Dato piano recital
Schumann, Brahms, Liszt
Cinzia Dato, Piano
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Dappled sunlight: Lawrence Power in a Brahms marathon at the QEH

Lawrence Power © Jack Liebeck
An enthralling afternoon on London's Southbank as Lawrence Power and Pavel Kolesnikov perform all Brahms' sonatas for violin and viola. 
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Watanabe leads thrilling “Eroica” with Philadelphia Orchestra

Kensho Watanabe © David Debalko
The 31-year-old Assistant Conductor approached a program of Beethoven, Weber and Schumann with confidence and a forceful hand.
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Schumann and Fauré rarities in an exceptional evening at Wigmore Hall

Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi
An thoroughly entertaining evening of a very high level of musicianship from Steven Isserlis and friends at Wigmore Hall. 
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Back to Bogotá: the Dresdner Festspielorchester

Johannes Klumpp © Juan Diego Castillo
The "original instrument" Dresden Festival Orchestra transformed conventional notions of what Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert are all about.
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Back to Bogotá for Brahms, Schubert and the Schumanns

Stephen Hough © Juan Diego Castillo
The sound in Schumann's “Rhenish” was satisfyingly dense, rich and passionate, and the horns once more made great sailing of all their magnificent solos.
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