|01||Robert And Clara: The Legend In The Making *||20081208|
Donald Macleod traces the start of Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck's relationship.
Donald Macleod focuses on the beginning of Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck's relationship, beginning with a young Robert in Leipzig, following his mother's wishes for him to study law.
A musical house party in 1828, at which he meets Friedrich Wieck and his little virtuoso daughter Clara, sees Robert instead pursuing his dream 'to devote myself entirely to music'.
Widmung (Myrten, Op 25)Murray Perahia (piano)anthony goldstone, caroline clemmow (pianos)charles rosen (piano)dg 474 466-2, cd 2 - tr 23
schumann: polonaise no 6 in e (1828)dietrich fischer-dieskau (baritone)globe glo 5001 - tr 1imogen cooper (piano)jorg demus (piano)olympia ocd 676 - tr 12
schumann: abegg variations, op 1ottavo otr c39027 - tr 1
schumann: papillons, op 2sx4k 63380, cd 1 - trs 6-18
impromptus on a theme of clara wieck
Donald Macleod explores Schumann's tortuous battle for Clara's hand in marriage.
Her father Friedrich Wieck was determined to keep his daughter in his clutches at all costs, and legal battles, lengthy separations and slanderous attacks ensued before, undeterred, Robert and Clara were finally married in 1840 with the blessing of the court.
Musically, this was a fruitful period for Schumann.
Donald is joined by pianist Lucy Parham to discuss his epic Fantasy for piano - described by the composer as 'the most passionate thing I have ever written'.
Lebhaft (Davidsbundlertanze)andras schiff (piano)anne sofie von otter (mezzo-soprano)barbara bonney (soprano)bengt forsberg (piano)decca 452 898-2 - trs 15-17dg 445 881-2 - tr 11
fantasy, op 17emi cdm 7635762 - trs 1-3
susser freund, du blickest; an meinem herzen, an meiner brust; nun hast du mir den ersten schmertz getan (frauenliebe und -leben, op 42)martha argerich (piano)teldec 4509-99176-2 - tr 2teldec 4509-99176-2 - tr 2
die lowenbraut, op 31 no 1vladimir ashkenazy (piano)
|03||The Marriage Diaries||20081210|
Donald Macleod and pianist Lucy Parham open Robert and Clara Schumann's marriage diaries.
After Robert and Clara Schumann settled into married life in Leipzig, they immediately started a marriage diary.
Donald and pianist Lucy Parham flick through some of the pages, which reveal that their marriage was not the 'poetry and flowers' that Robert had predicted, as both artists strived to maintain their musical careers.
Du Ring an meinem Finger (Frauenleiebe und -leben, Op 42)Joanna David, Martin Jarvis (narration)archiv 457 591-2, cd 1 - trs 3-6
piano quintet, op 44 (finale)asv dca 1185 - trs 1, 2
symphony no 1 in b flat, op 38 (spring)augustin dumay, renaud capucon (violins)barry wordsworth (conductor)bbc concert orchestraclara schumann: warum willst du andre fragen?dg 463 1792 - tr 7
schumann: 12 poems (liebesfruhling)gerard causse (viola)graham johnson (piano)hyperion cdj 33104 - trs 22, 23hyperion cdj33103 - tr 9
from the album beloved clara (lucy parham)jiang wang (cello)john eliot gardiner (conductor)juliane banse (soprano)lucy parham (piano)maria joao pires (piano)oliver widmer (baritone)orchestre revolutionnaire et romantiquepiano concerto in a minor (excerpt)reading from marriage diary of robert and clara schumann, 13 september 1840schumann: so wahr die sonne scheinetstella doufexis (mezzo-soprano)
|04||The Dresden Years||20081211|
Donald Macleod explores the Schumanns' move to Dresden in 1845 to start a new life.
Amidst growing concerns for Robert's mental health, the Schumanns made the move in 1845 to Dresden, where he took to the podium as conductor of an amateur choir and, with Clara's assistance, led several performances of his own works.
But his strange leadership did not always go down well with the choristers.
If musical life seemed dull, all that was about to change with the Dresden uprisings in 1849, after which Robert fled the city, leaving his pregnant wife Clara to brave the battleground and rescue their children to safety.
Six Fugues on the Name of BACH (No 2)archiv 457 660-2, cd 1 - tr 2
piano trio no 2 in fberlin philharmonicclaudio abbado (conductor)eric ericson chamber choirflorestan triogretchen....karita mattila (soprano)hyperion cda 67063 - trs 5-8
cathedral scene (scenes from goethe's faust)john eliot gardiner (conductor)mephistopholes....jan-hendrik rootering (bass)monteverdi choirolivier latry (organ)orchestre revolutionnaire et romantiques2k 66308, cd 1 - tr 4sk 57490 - tr 12
nachtlied, op 108swedish radio choirtolz boys' choir
|05 LAST||The Dusseldorf Years||20081212|
Donald Macleod explores how Clara Schumann coped with her husband's decline.
In the company of pianist Lucy Parham, Donald discovers how Clara coped with her husband's decline, and how Brahms became a vital friend during Schumann's years at the asylum in Endenich.
Including music reflecting Schumann's mental illness and a vintage recording of his violin concerto, which Clara and Brahms tried to ban from being published.
TraumereiYehudi Menuhin (violin)bernhard klee (conductor)cd rsb 202 - tr 7
hostias; sanctus (requiem, op 148)chandos chan 9307 - tr 26dg 471 370-1 - trs 10-14
violin concerto in d minordusseldorf musikverein chorusdusseldorf symphony orchestraemi cdc 7491642 - trs 7, 8
5 gesange der fruhe for piano, op 133helen donath (soprano)ian partridge (tenor)john barbirolli (conductor)julius drake (piano)lucy parham (piano)maurizio pollini (piano)naxos 8.110966 - trs 1-3
zum schlussphilharmonic symphony of new york