Schumann, Robert

May 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

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A biography of the passionate life of one of Germany’s early romantics. Married to composer/pianist Clara Wieck, and a friend to Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, and Joseph Joachim, Schumann was at the very heart of the German Romantic intellectual movement in the mid 19th century. He was a imaginative composer, pianist, and music critic.

Playlist

Episode 1

Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen; Der dichter sprict  (excerpt)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
London 470915
:34

Robert Schumann: Quartet for Piano and Strings in c minor, IV (excerpt) + II & III
Previn, piano; Kim, violin; Ohyama, viola; Hoffman, violoncello
RCA 61384
2:30, 9:09
Robert Schumann: Fünf Frühe Lieder (excerpts)
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Geoffrey Parsons, piano
Teldec 2292-44935
2:37, 3:58
Robert Schumann: Theme and Variations on the name A-B-E-G-G
Radu Lupo, piano
Teldec 246103-2
8:13
Robert Schumann: Symphony in g minor, “Zwickau”
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Gardiner
Archiv 457 591-2
18:27
Robert Schumann: Papillions (excerpt)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
London 414470
1:12, 2:19

Episode 2

Robert Schumann: Carnival (excerpts)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
London 421010-2
2:07, 7:42, 2:28

Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17, I
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
EMI 56414
12:22

Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 (excerpts)
Maurizio Pollini, piano
DG 289 471 369-2
8:04, 8:02

Robert Schumann: 3 Romances, Op. 28, No. 2 in F# major
Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano
Mel/BMG 74321 33213 2
3:40
Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7, Träumerei
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
London 470915
2:48

Episode 3

Robert Schumann: Myrthen, Op. 25: No. 1, Widmung
Thomas Quasthoff, baritone.; Justus Zeyen, piano
DG B0002192-02
2:01

Clara Schumann: Lieder, Op. 12: No. 2, Liebst du um Schönheit
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
London 452898
2:29
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (excerpts)
Matthias Goerne, baritone; Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
London 258265
7:50, 4:51, 7:57
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 9, Great, IV (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic/Karajan
EMI 64628
1:06
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1, Spring, I
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
CBS 38468
9:49
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 (excerpts)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Chailly
London 425608-2
2:08, 9:02

Episode 4

Robert Schumann: Quartet for Piano and Strings in Eb major, III
Cleveland Quartet; Emanuel Ax, piano
RCA 6498
6:41

Robert Schumann: Quartet for Strings in A major Op. 41, No. 3, I & II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 431 650
13:51

Robert Schumann: Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 44, I
Argerich, piano; Schwarzberg, Hall, violins.; Imai, viola; Maisky, violoncello
EMI 55484 2
8:56

Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in a minor, I, III
Berlin Philharmonic/Abbado; Murray Perahia, piano
Sony 64577
14:50, 4:45

Episode 5

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (excerpts), III (complete)
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Masur
Teldec 46446
:37, 2:22, 8:02

Robert Schumann: Concertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra in F major, Op. 86 finale (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Barenboim
Clevenger, Howell, Schweikert, Oldberg, horns
DG B0000025 02
:11, 3:47

Robert Schumann: Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra, I
London Symphony Orchestra/Skrowaczewski; Janos Starker, violoncello
Mercury 432 010
12:47
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97, Rhenish, I & IV
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Sony 62349
9:10, :16, 5:46
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 430799
:17, :53