Andrew Mcgregor and Sarah Walker introduce a day of music from around Europe celebrating the 200th anniversary of Schumann's birth.
Highlights include a performance of the composer's great song cycle Dichterliebe, Op 48, by Christoph Pregardien and Michael Gees, and a rare opportunity to hear highlights from the Szenen aus Goethes Faust.
The Day also includes a series of postcards from Germany, as Sarah Walker visits the locations that played a key role in Schumann's life, from his birthplace in Zwickau to the asylum near Bonn where he was incarcerated for the last two and a half years of his life, via Leipzig, Dresden and Dusseldorf.
A concert recorded at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota
Schumann Overture: Genoveva, Op 81; Symphony No 2 in C, Op 61
St Paul Chamber Orchestra, conductor Roberto Abbado
A concert recorded at the Schumann House in Zwickau, where the composer was born.
Schumann Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart, Op 135; Kerner lieder, Op 35 (extracts); Abendlied, Op 107 No 6; Abends am Strande, Op 45 No 3; An den Mond, Op 95 No 2; Nachtlied, Op 96 No 1; Mein schooner Stern, Op 101 No 4
Anna-Theresa Albrecht (mezzo-soprano), Pauliina Tukiainen (piano)
Live from the Tonhalle in Dusseldorf, the city where Schumann lived and worked towards the end of his life, a concert conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
Schumann Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G, Op 92; Theme & Variations in E flat, WoO 24; Introduction & Allegro in D minor, Op 134
Brahms Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98
Tzimon Barto (piano), Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
Continuing a special Schumann day with the Genoveva Overture and Symphony No 2.