Schumann

Schumann
Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in C are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which, before her marriage, formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

Schumann suffered from a mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.
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Schumann

Schumann

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on compos...
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FRESCOBALDI Four Pieces
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4
BUSONI Berceuse élégiaque
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Recorded live in 1953
Total duration: 75:55

Boston Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli

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SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
DVORAK Cello Concerto (stereo recording) 
Studio and Live Recordings · 1953 and 1960
Total duration: 64:30

Pablo Casals, cello
Prades Festival Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy
Festival Casals Orchestra of Puerto Rico, Alexander Schneider


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SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3
WAGNER Parsifal - Orchestral excerpts
R. STRAUSS Salome - Orchestral excerpts
Studio recordings, 1933-46
Total duration: 79:32

National Symphony Orchestra
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Pasdeloup Orchestra
Piero Coppola,
conductor

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SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
BACH 
Brandenburg Concertos
BACH (arr. Cortot)
 Organ Concerto No. 5
Studio recordings, 1927-1937
Total duration: 2hr 0:27  

Alfred Cortot, piano, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Landon Ronald, conductor
Gabriel Bouillon, violin
Roger Cortet, flute
Jacques Thibaud, violin
Orchestre de l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris


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SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48
SCHUMANN
Liederkreis, Op. 39

Studio recordings · 1949 & 1952
Total duration: 51:35

Suzanne Danco - soprano
Guido Agosti - piano
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Dohnányi Variations on a Nursery Tune
Haydn
Andante and Variations in F minor
Beethoven
Andante favori
Beethoven
Sonata No. 17 in D minor (“Tempest”)
Schumann
Kinderszenen.
 

    Studio Recordings · 1951/56
    Total duration: 79:18

    Ernö Dohnányi, piano
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Sir Adrian Boult,
    conductor