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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

Sunday 8th June is Schumann’s birthday, so here's a selected playlist to enjoy.
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AmsterdamArthur and Lucas Jussen: Mozart, Ravel and Rachmaninov

Arthur and Lucas Jussen: Mozart, Ravel and Rachmaninov
Mozart, Schumann, Ravel, Rachmaninov
Arthur Jussen; Lucas Jussen

LondonCharles Owen plays Chopin, Liszt and Schumann

Charles Owen plays Chopin, Liszt and Schumann
Schumann, Liszt, Chopin
Charles Owen, Piano

BolzanoAnna Kravtchenko

Fondazione Ferruccio Busoni – Gustav Mahler
Schumann
Kravtchenko Kravtchenko, Piano

RigaGeorge Li piano

Riga Tourism Development Bureau
Schubert, Schumann
George Li, Piano

AmsterdamTrio Brautigam, Hoppe and Poltéra: Mendelssohn and more

Trio Brautigam, Hoppe and Poltéra: Mendelssohn and more
Mendelssohn, Schumann
Ronald Brautigam; Esther Hoppe; Christian Poltera
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Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists sign off with a live stream

Lucy Walters, Mark Nathan, Arthur Bruce, Charlie Drummond, Jasmine Clark, Michael Papadopoulos © James Glossop
Charlie Drummond, Heather Ireson, Arthur Bruce and Mark Nathan shine in a truly live-streamed recital from Glasgow.

An exquisite recital from Allan Clayton and James Baillieu

Allan Clayton © Wigmore Hall
Allan Clayton came to town and he brought his best voice with him.
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Glimmers of light: Stephen Hough brings Wigmore Hall back to life

Stephen Hough
Live music-making returns to the UK as Stephen Hough performs Bach and Schumann in a streamed lunchtime recital

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. 
****1
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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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