"Music: Breath of the statues. Perhaps: Silence of images. Your language where languages end" - Rainer Maria Rilke

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in C are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favour of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which, before her marriage, formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

Schumann suffered from a mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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Edition Klavierfestival Ruhr Vol. 41
Various Artists
Clara & Robert Schumann
Sophie Wang & Florian Glemser
David Hyun-su Kim plays Schumann
David Hyun-su Kim
Melodramas
Isabelle Vogt / Lars Vogt
Violin Concerto
Kolja Blacher | Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Love's Spring
Raoul Steffani | Magdalena Kozena | Gerold Huber
Complete Works for Cello
Ella van Poucke / Phion Orchestra / Günter Neuhold / Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden
Bestiary On Ivory
Hsiang Tu
Dichterliebe
Patrick Grahl & Daniel Heide
Babel
Calidore String Quartet
Nox
Hannes Minnaar
Einsam
Nino Gvetadze
Father & Son (re-issue)
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42 / Liederkreis, Op. 24 / Maria Stuart Lieder, Op. 135 / Songs from Myrthe
Marianne Beate Kielland
Schumann Kaleidoskop
Johanna Summer
Dirty Minds
Olivia Vermeulen / Jan Philip Schulze
Duality
Oberon Trio
Piano Quintet, Op. 44 / Quartet Op. 47
Nils Anders Mortensen / Engegård Quartet
Fantasie, Op. 17, Kreisleriana, Op. 16, Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Marc Ponthus
Dichterliebe Op. 48 / Lenau-Lieder und Requiem Op. 90 / Wesendonck Lieder
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Sequenza
Franziska Hölscher
Clarinet Trios: Schumann/Bruch/Mozart
Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group
The Romantic Horn
Richard Watkins | Julius Drake
Nature's Solace
Stephan Loges
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions
Cyprien Katsaris | Christoph Prégardien
Deep in a dream
Raoul Steffani | Gerold Huber
Chopin & Schumann
Sveinung Bjelland
Scenes and Fantasies
Einav Yarden
The Unreleased Recitals at The Concertgebouw 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980
Emil Gilels
Metamorphosis
Premysl Vojta | Tobias Koch
From Couperin to Schumann
Tatiana Zelikman
The Best of Joris Van den Hauwe
Joris Van den Hauwe
Johandrew Slominski
Johandrew Slominski
A Retrospective Volume 7
Steven Staryk
A Retrospective Volume 2
Steven Staryk
Chopin & Schumann
Horacio Gutiérrez
Severin von Eckardstein plays Robert Schumann
Severin von Eckardstein
Heartfelt - Romantic Works for Horn
Rob van de Laar
Violin Sonatas Op. 105 & Op. 121
Arvid Engegård / Nils Anders Mortensen
Incandescent Piano Recital
Catherine Lan
For children
Lars Vogt
Songs to the Moon
The Myrthen Ensemble
The Shepherd on the Rock
Julian Bliss
To the Music
Charles Dekeyser
Germanic Giants
Marcel Luxen
Duels
Simon Ghraichy
Liederkreis
Anna Lucia Richter & Michael Gees
Piano Quintets
Tobias Koch
Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Simone Lamsma & Robert Kulek
Lieder
Andrè Schuen / Daniel Heide
Piano Trios op. 80 & 88, Piano Trio op. 17
Voces Intimae
Oh! Quand je dors...
Ekaterina Gavrilova
Father & Son
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
Paganini Variations, Books I and II, Op. 35 / Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13
Sophia Agranovich
Carnaval, Op. 9 / Waldszenen Op. 82 / Arabesque, Op. 18
Alexander Kobrin
LOVE in London
James Rhodes
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James Rhodes
LIEBESTREU
Helene Wold / Liv Glaser
Passacaglia: Haydn - Schumann - Widmann
Oberon Trio
The Spirit Of Turtle [Longbox]
Various artists
Afscheid van een springlevend orkest
Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Illuminated Bass
Olivier Thiery / Sophie Labandibar
Symphonic Works
Michael Schønwandt / Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Beyond Schumann
Michael Gees
Grenzen der Menschheit
Johannes Martin Kränzle / Hilko Dumno
Schumann Trios
Rhodes Piano Trio
Cello Cto Op.129 / Cello Cto Op.104, Silent Woods
Jamie Walton / Philharmonia Orchestra / Ashkenazy
Strings attached - Arrangements for clarinet and strings
Arno Piters / Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Carnaval, Op.9 Fantasiestucke, Op.12
Pompa-baldi, Antonio/friscioni, Emanuela
Alexandra Dariescu plays Schumann, Liszt & Chopin
Alexandra Dariescu
Carnaval Op. 9, Intermezzi Op. 4 & Sonata in B Minor
Sophie Pacini
Carnavalphantasie
Andrist, Audrey
The Three Sonatas For Piano
Berrut, Beatrice
Works for Viola & Piano
Krzysztof Chorzelski / Katya Apekisheva
Piano trios op. 63 & 110
Voces Intimae
Wanderer
Christoph Prégardien / Ensemble Kontraste
Viola Sonatas, Op. 120 Nos. 1 & 2 - Maerchenbilder. Op. 113
Rachel Roberts & Lars Vogt
Miroirs
Alexei Volodin
Blaue Blume
Alver, Rune
Lieder ohne Worte
Martin Stegner | Tomoko Takahashi
Gesänge Der Frühe . 7 Fughetten . Kreisleriana . Geistervariationen
Dina Ugorskaja
Schumann - Klavierwerke
Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort
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Primakov, Vassily
Between life and death - Songs and Arias
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Sonatas for violin and piano op. 105 & 121 - 4 song arrangements
Linus Roth / José Gallardo
Piano Concertos by Schumann & Kuhlau
Felicja Blumental, Vienna Pro Music
Portraits II (Edition Ruhr Piano Festival Vol 15
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English Chamber Orchestra
PORTRAITS I
Claude Frank; Kirill Gerstein; Tim Horton; Tanara Stefanovich; Nikolai Tokarev
John Lill plays Brahms and Schumann
John Lill
Robert SCHUMANN & Max BRUCH, Pieces for Clarinets & piano
Trio di Clarone & Kalle Randalu
Works for Violin and Piano
O' Riley/schulte
Frauen und Mädchen die lieben
Margiono Quintet
The Piano Sonatas Vol 1
Ronald Brautigam
The Violin Sonatas
Johannes Leertouwer / Julian Reynolds
Doppelchoerige Gesaenge/Grosse Messe
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Piano Quintets
Paul Komen, Rubio String Quartet
Four Hands Piano Music
Patricia Verhagen | Paul Komen
Fantasies
Youri Egorov
Ma Mère l'Oye
Per Musica
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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Martin van de Merwe
Saxophone & Piano
Arno Bornkamp / Ivo Janssen
Complete Works for Piano Trio
Altenberg Trio Wien
Romanzen
Pauline Oostenrijk
The piano sonatas vol. 2
Ronald Brautigam