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Schumann in English, Vol. 1
Robert Schumann

Christopher Glynn

Schumann in English, Vol. 1

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212078228
Catnr: SIGCD 782
Release date: 08 March 2024
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212078228
Catalogue number
SIGCD 782
Release date
08 March 2024
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Christopher Glynn continues his Lieder in English series by joining three of today’s foremost singers to perform Robert Schumann’s best-loved song cycles in new English versions by Jeremy Sams – a new way to encounter and enjoy some of the most romantic and atmospheric songs ever composed. ‘Schumann is one of music’s great storytellers – and never more so than in the song cycles of 1840. These vivid new translations by Jeremy Sams recreate the immediacy and intimacy of his storytelling for modern English-speaking listeners, offering a new perspective on these famous songs of loneliness and love, joy and sorrow, marriage and separation.’ – Christopher Glynn

Artist(s)

Christopher Glynn (piano)

Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and one of the UK’s best- known accompanists and chamber musicians. He combines his performing life with the role of Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, where he has been praised by The Times as a ‘visionary’ and ‘inspired programmer’. His recital partners have included Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Benjamin Appl, Fleur Barron, Julian Bliss, Claire Booth, Ian Bostridge, Allan Clayton, Dame Sarah Connolly, Bernarda Fink, Dame Emma Kirkby, Steven Isserlis, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Jonas Kaufmann, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Ian Partridge, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Kathryn Rudge, Nicky Spence, Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Robin Tritschler, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams and many others. He also performs with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, with choirs including The Sixteen,...
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Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and one of the UK’s best- known accompanists and chamber musicians. He combines his performing life with the role of Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, where he has been praised by The Times as a ‘visionary’ and ‘inspired programmer’.
His recital partners have included Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Benjamin Appl, Fleur Barron, Julian Bliss, Claire Booth, Ian Bostridge, Allan Clayton, Dame Sarah Connolly, Bernarda Fink, Dame Emma Kirkby, Steven Isserlis, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Jonas Kaufmann, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Ian Partridge, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Kathryn Rudge, Nicky Spence, Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Robin Tritschler, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams and many others. He also performs with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, with choirs including The Sixteen, VOCES8 and the Eric Whitacre Singers, and on historic pianos with artists including Rachel Podger.
Recent highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms and tours to Japan, USA, Canada, Brazil, China and South Asia.
In 2015, Chris founded a Lieder in English project to bring classical song to a wider audience, initially by commissioning Jeremy Sams to create new English versions of song cycles by Schubert, Schumann and Wolf, which have been performed widely and are being recorded for Signum Classics.
His many awards include the accompaniment prize in the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier competition, the 2002 Geoffrey Parsons Award and the 2003 Gerald Moore Award. He has made many acclaimed and ground- breaking recordings and in 2021 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

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Composer(s)

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...
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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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01.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: I. Far from home
01:56
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
02.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: II. Intermezzo
01:39
(Robert Schumann) Ailish Tynan, Christopher Glynn
03.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: III. A forest dialogue
02:35
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
04.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: IV. Silence
01:36
(Robert Schumann) Ailish Tynan, Christopher Glynn
05.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: V. Moonlit night
04:04
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
06.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: VI. A beautiful foreign land
01:20
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
07.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: VII. In a castle
02:41
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
08.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: VIII. In a foreign country
01:20
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
09.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: IX. Sadness
02:14
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
10.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: X. Twilight
03:02
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
11.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: XI. In a wood
01:33
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
12.
Song cycle, to poems by Eichendorff: XII. Spring night
01:24
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn, Ailish Tynan
13.
A Poet’s Love: I. In May, the sweetest time of year
01:31
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
14.
A Poet’s Love: II. Perhaps my tears could water
00:57
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
15.
A Poet’s Love: III. The birds and the bees
00:35
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
16.
A Poet’s Love: IV. I gaze into your eyes of blue
01:35
(Robert Schumann) Christopher Glynn
17.
A Poet’s Love: V. Creation is kissed by the starlight
00:57
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
18.
A Poet’s Love: VI. The vast and vaulted cathedral
02:13
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
19.
A Poet’s Love: VII. I don’t complain
01:43
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
20.
A Poet’s Love: VIII. If only the flowers in the garden
01:15
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
21.
A Poet’s Love: IX. The room is whirling and swirling
01:27
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
22.
A Poet’s Love: X. Sometimes I hear the music
02:02
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
23.
A Poet’s Love: XI. A boy’s in love with someone
01:05
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
24.
A Poet’s Love: XII. A beautiful summer morning
02:24
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
25.
A Poet’s Love: XIII. I dreamed I was weeping
02:20
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
26.
A Poet’s Love: XIV. At night-time it happens
01:36
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
27.
A Poet’s Love: XV. In my imagination
02:48
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
28.
A Poet’s Love: XVI. A thousand empty love songs
04:53
(Robert Schumann) Roderick Williams, Christopher Glynn
29.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: I. Ever since I saw him
02:40
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
30.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: II. How on earth can I describe him?
03:13
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
31.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: III. Perhaps I dreamed that it happened
02:00
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
32.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: IV. Oh ring on my finger
03:03
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
33.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: V. Somebody help me
02:00
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
34.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: VI. Dearest love
04:43
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
35.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: VII. Nobody told me
01:27
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
36.
A woman’s life, a woman’s love: VIII. Now you have hurt me
04:30
(Robert Schumann) Kathryn Rudge, Christopher Glynn
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