Robert Schumann

Biography

Born: Jun 8, 1810; Germany   Died: Jul 29, 1856; Germany   Period: Romantic
One of the great composers of the nineteenth century, Schumann was the quintessential artist whose life and work embody the idea of Romanticism in music. Schumann was uncomfortable with larger musical forms, such as the symphony and the concerto (nevertheless, representative works in these genres contain moments of great beauty), expressing the full range of his lyrical genius in songs and short pieces for piano. Schumann's extraordinary ability Read more to translate profound, delicate -- and sometimes fleeting -- states of the soul is exemplified by works such as the song cycle Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love), after Heinrich Heine, and his brilliant collections of short piano pieces, including Phantasiestücke (Fantastic Pieces), Kinderszenen (Scenes form Childhood), and Waldszenen (Forest Scenes). In his songs, as critics have remarked, Schumann attained the elusive union of music and poetry which Romantic poets and musicians defined as the ultimate goal of art.
Schumann's father was a bookseller who encouraged Robert's musical and literary talents. Robert started studying piano at age 10. In 1828, he enrolled at the University of Leipzig as a law student, although he found music, philosophy, and Leipzig's taverns more interesting than the law. He also began studies with a prominent Leipzig piano teacher, Friedrich Wieck. There was serious mental illness in Schumann's family, and the composer, who most likely suffered from a manic-depressive condition, approached madness with the typical Romantic combination of fear and fascination. A compulsive womanizer and a heavy drinker, Schumann led a life that aggravated his psychological problems. His efforts to become a concert pianist failed after he developed partial paralysis of his right hand. According to a conventional story, the injury resulted from Schumann's compulsive use of a finger-strengthening device, but newer research points to mercury poisoning due to treatment for syphilis. Schumann settled on a career as a composer and musical writer, co-founding the influential Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and attracting attention early with his prophetic praise of Chopin. Many of his articles take the form of dialogues featuring the "League of David," young artists fighting the "Philistines," and headed by his alter egos "Florestan" and "Eusebius," intended to represent the two contrasting facets -- one ebullient, the other reserved -- of his personality. Schumann's music, with its sharp changes in mood, also reflects his tumultuous inner life. Wieck's highly talented pianist daughter Clara grew up and fell in love with Schumann, to her father's horror. Despite Wieck's opposition, Clara and Robert gained the legal right to marry in 1840, a day before Clara's 21st birthday. During this period Schumann composed feverishly. Spellbound by a musical thought, he would work himself to exhaustion, enthusiastically cultivating a particular genre for a period of time. (For instance, 1841 was a "year of songs" in which he brought the Romantic song cycle to its apex). He virtually invented the short, poetic, descriptive Romantic piano work, and produced such works in glorious profusion in the late 1830s. Schumann tackled larger forms in the 1840s, partly at Clara's urging; his four mature symphonies retain a place in the repertoire, but his opera Genoveva failed. He held several musical jobs, teaching at the newly-founded Leipzig Conservatory, eventually becoming town music director in Düsseldorf, but without much success. On February 27, 1854, he threw himself into the freezing waters of the Rhine. After his rescue, he voluntarily entered an asylum. Although he had periods of lucidity, his condition deteriorated, and he died there in 1856, probably of tertiary syphilis. Read less
Weber, Schumann, Brahms & Berg: Chamber Music / Kamyshev, Gavrilov, Monighetti
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: MELCD1002242   Number of Discs: 1
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Ullmann & Schumann: Lieder / Landshamer, Huber
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: OC 1848   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 / Pappano
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: ICAC 5139   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17

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    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002543002 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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    Schumann: Kreisleriana, Phantasie & Carnaval / Feltsman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: NI6324 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Sony Classical Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 532035 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  César Franck,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  James Galway,  Ivry Gitlis
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
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    The 1980 Ambassador Auditorium Recital / Egorov
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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    Deutsche Grammophon: The Mono Era (1948-1957)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002457272 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Shura Cherkassky,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska,  Basile Bolotine  ... 
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    Sofronitsky: Concert Recordings [5 CD + DVD]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002312 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Sofronitzki
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    Luca Buratto: Live At Honens 2015
    Label: Honens   Catalog: 201601 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Helldunkel - Clair Obscur / Guillotin
    Label: Evidence   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cyril Guillotin
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    Alfred Brendel: Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434302 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 114
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Sylvia McNair,  Eduard Brunner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Bernard Haitink,  Simon Rattle  ... 
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    Schumann: Fantasie Op. 17; Brahms: 10 Intermezzi
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 387 Release Date: 01/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Iskander Zakirov
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
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    Martha Argerich In New York, 1966
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6707 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Schumann Edition [45-CD Set]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95020 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Clara Wieck Schumann
    Performer:  Julius Berger,  Hansheinz Schneeberger,  Francis Orval,  François Tommasini  ... 
    Conductor:  Florian Merz,  Pierre Cao,  Arie Van Beek,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Westphalia Philharmonic,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Davidsbunderlertanze; Fantasie In C; Geistervariationen / Cordelia Williams
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 150 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Cordelia Williams
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    Claudio Arrau Plays Beethoven: Sonata No. 23, Schumann: Fantasia, Liszt: Gnomenreigen
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6695 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt
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    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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    All The Way Back / Vytautas Smetona
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 5992 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vytautas Smetona,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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    Sviatoslav Richter: The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301470 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Robert La Marchina,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Christoph Eschenbach
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    Schumann Edition
    Label: Iba [idil Biret Archives]   Catalog: 8508016 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Fantasie / Paul Lewis
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902096 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Paul Lewis
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    Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002236002 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mikhail Kopelman,  Valentin Berlinsky,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Kurt Sanderling,  Witold Rowicki,  János Ferencsik  ... 
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    Encore - In Concert / Annie Fischer
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32750 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Annie Fischer
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    Schubert, Schumann: Fantasies / Joel Schoenhals
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 58024 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Joel Schoenhals
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