Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

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20060825In 1848, Schumann was looking for another new challenge and he found it in Dresden as chorus master and composer for various choirs.|Inspite of the revolutions sweeping across Europe, he managed to evade any military action and carried on composing - including fulfilling his greatest ambition, to write an opera.|Presented by Donald Macleod.|Sommerlied, Op 146, No 4|London Schubert Chorale|Stephen Layton (conductor)|Genoveva, Act 2|Genoveva....Edda Moser|Golo....Peter Schreier|Drago....Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau|Margaretha....Gisela Schröter|Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra|Kurt Masur (conductor)|Mignon from Album für die Jugend, Op 68|Angela Brownridge (piano)|March, Op 76, No 2|Sviatoslav Richter (piano)|Requiem for Mignon, Op 98b|Brigitte Lindner, Andrea Andonian (soprano)|Mechthild Georg (alto)|Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass)|Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra|Bernhard Klee (conductor).
0120060821Donald Macleod looks at the key relationship in Schumann's life - with his wife Clara.|Fürchtenmachen from Kinderszenen|Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)|Abegg Variations, Op 1|Michel Dalberto (piano)|Piano Sonata, Op 11|Leif Ove-Andsnes (piano)|Blumenstück
0220060822Despite the relentless and ruthless opposition of her father, Schumann and Clara Wieck were eventually married in 1840.|During that same year, Schumann turned his attention to writing songs - and at a staggering rate.|Donald Macleod intersperses stories from the Schumanns' early days together with music from the 'year of song'.|Widmung from Myrthen, Op 25, No 1|Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)|Christoph Eschenbach (piano)|Myrthen, Op 25, No 20-26|Lynne Dawson (soprano)|Ian Partridge (tenor)|Julius Drake (piano)|Frauenliebe und Leben, Op 42|Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo)|Irwin Gage (piano)|Zwolf Gedichte aus Liebesfruhling, Op 37, No 1-6|Stella Doufexis (mezzo)|Oliver Widmer (baritone)|Graham Johnson (piano).
0320060823Donald Macleod advances a year in Schumann's life to 1841, when vocal music gave way to another new soundworld - orchestral music.|Schlusslied des Narren|Jonathan Lemalu (baritone)|Graham Johnson (piano)|Spring Symphony|Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra|James Levine (conductor)|Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op 52|Seattle Symphony Orchestra|Gerard Schwarz (conductor).
0420060824Another year, another style of music for Robert Schumann.|Donald Macleod uncovers the stories and sounds of 1842.|Volksliedchen (Lieder und Gesange, Op 51, No 2)|Stella Doufexis (mezzo)|Graham Johnson (piano)|String Quartet in Am, Op 41, No 1|Hagen Quartet|Das Paradies und die Peri (excerpt)|Barbara Bonney and Alexandra Coku (sopranos)|Bernarda Fink (mezzo)|Chrisoph Prégardien and Neill Archer (tenors)|The Monteverdi Choir|Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique|John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).