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Robert Schumann

June 8, 2010

Robert Schumann's 200th Birthday

Today, the world is celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann. We know him as a great composer, perhaps the most Romantic of all the Romantic composers. But early in his life, he wandered a bit. He tried writing, he tried going to law school, he tried being a pianist - all before ultimately settling on composing. Our show is all-Schumann today, including a performance of his rarely-played Konzertstuck for four horns and orchestra, in a classic recording by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Plus, one of his unfinished symphonies, performed by conductor Roberto Abbado and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Robert Schumann
    Third movement from Kreisleriana, Op. 16
    Jonathan Biss, piano
  • Robert Schumann
    First movement from Carnaval, Op. 9
    The Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue, conductor
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
  • Robert Schumann
    Excerpts from Dichterliebe, Op. 48
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone, Vladimir Horowitz, piano
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Robert Schumann
    Konzertstuck in F for Four Horns and Orchestra, Op. 86
    Dale Clevenger, Richard Oldberg, Thomas Howell, and Norman Schweikert, horns, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
    Orchestra Hall, Chicago
  • Robert Schumann
    Carnival in Vienna, Op. 26
    Yefim Bronfman, piano
    Ordway Center, St. Paul

hour 2

  • Robert Schumann
    Talismane, Op. 141, No. 4
    The St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, conductor
    St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Robert Schumann
    Symphony in G Minor (Zwickau)
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Roberto Abbado, conductor
    Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Robert Schumann
    Novelette, Op. 21, No. 5
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland
  • Robert Schumann
    Second movement from Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor
  • Robert Schumann
    Six Etudes in Canon Form, Op.56
    The Weilerstein Trio
    Jordan Hall, Boston
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