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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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Sergei Taneyev, Robert Schumann
Taneyev and Schumann Piano Quintets
Peter Donohoe | Sacconi Quartet
Robert Schumann
Schumann in English, Vol. 1
Christopher Glynn
Robert Schumann
Schumann Symphonies 1 & 2
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra | Jan Willem de Vriend
Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann Piano Works
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Robert Schumann
Symphonies 1&4
Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, François-Xavier Roth
Robert Schumann, Oliver Knussen, Franz Liszt
Kirill Gerstein plays Liszt, Schumann and Knussen
Kirill Gerstein
Robert Schumann, Jörg Widmann
Es war einmal… (Once Upon a Time…) - Märchenerzählungen | Fairy Tales by Robert Schumann & Jörg Widmann
Tabea Zimmermann, Jörg Widmann, Dénes Várjon
Modest Mussorgsky, Robert Schumann
Imaginary Pictures
Kirill Gerstein
Various composers
LICHT! 800 Years of German Lied
Anna Lucia Richter | Ammiel Bushakevitz
Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven
Hommage à Beethoven
Aris Alexander Blettenberg
Robert Schumann, York Höller
Edition Klavierfestival Ruhr Vol. 41
Various Artists
Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann
Clara & Robert Schumann
Sophie Wang & Florian Glemser
Robert Schumann
David Hyun-su Kim plays Schumann
David Hyun-su Kim
Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss
Melodramas
Isabelle Vogt / Lars Vogt
Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann
Love's Spring
Raoul Steffani | Magdalena Kozena | Gerold Huber
Robert Schumann
Complete Works for Cello
Ella van Poucke / Phion Orchestra / Günter Neuhold / Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Dichterliebe
Patrick Grahl & Daniel Heide
Robert Schumann, Caroline Shaw, Dmitri Shostakovich
Babel
Calidore String Quartet
Various composers
Nox
Hannes Minnaar
Robert Schumann
Einsam
Nino Gvetadze
Various composers
Father & Son (re-issue)
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
Robert Schumann
Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42 / Liederkreis, Op. 24 / Maria Stuart Lieder, Op. 135 / Songs from Myrthe
Marianne Beate Kielland
Schumann Kaleidoskop
Johanna Summer
Various composers
Dirty Minds
Olivia Vermeulen / Jan Philip Schulze
Various composers
Duality
Oberon Trio
Robert Schumann
Piano Quintet, Op. 44 / Quartet Op. 47
Nils Anders Mortensen / Engegård Quartet
Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner
Dichterliebe Op. 48 / Lenau-Lieder und Requiem Op. 90 / Wesendonck Lieder
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Robert Schumann, Salvatore Sciarrino
Sequenza
Franziska Hölscher
Robert Schumann, Max Bruch, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Trios: Schumann/Bruch/Mozart
Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group
Various composers
The Romantic Horn
Richard Watkins | Julius Drake
Robert Schumann, Yrjö Kilpinen, Johannes Brahms
Nature's Solace
Stephan Loges
Various composers
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions
Cyprien Katsaris | Christoph Prégardien
Various composers
Deep in a dream
Raoul Steffani | Gerold Huber
Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann
Chopin & Schumann
Sveinung Bjelland
Robert Schumann
Scenes and Fantasies
Einav Yarden
Various composers
The Unreleased Recitals at The Concertgebouw 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980
Emil Gilels
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Giselher Klebe
Metamorphosis
Premysl Vojta | Tobias Koch
Various composers
From Couperin to Schumann
Tatiana Zelikman
Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, César Franck
Johandrew Slominski
Johandrew Slominski
Various composers
A Retrospective Volume 2
Steven Staryk
A Retrospective Volume 7
Steven Staryk
Robert Schumann
Severin von Eckardstein plays Robert Schumann
Severin von Eckardstein
Various composers
Heartfelt - Romantic Works for Horn
Rob van de Laar
Robert Schumann
Violin Sonatas Op. 105 & Op. 121
Arvid Engegård / Nils Anders Mortensen
Incandescent Piano Recital
Catherine Lan
Thomas Larcher, Robert Schumann, Béla Bartók
For children
Lars Vogt
Various composers
Songs to the Moon
The Myrthen Ensemble
Various composers
The Shepherd on the Rock
Julian Bliss
Carl Maria von Weber, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms
Germanic Giants
Marcel Luxen
Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt
Duels
Simon Ghraichy
Liederkreis
Anna Lucia Richter | Michael Gees
Robert Schumann, Ferdinand Hiller
Piano Quintets
Tobias Koch
Robert Schumann, Leoš Janáček, Felix Mendelssohn
Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Simone Lamsma & Robert Kulek
Robert Schumann, Frank Martin, Hugo Wolf
Lieder
Andrè Schuen / Daniel Heide
Clara Wieck Schumann, Robert Schumann
Piano Trios op. 80 & 88, Piano Trio op. 17
Voces Intimae
Various composers
Oh! Quand je dors...
Ekaterina Gavrilova
Father & Son
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
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
Various composers
LOVE in London
James Rhodes
Various composers
Five
James Rhodes
Various composers
LIEBESTREU
Helene Wold / Liv Glaser
Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Jörg Widmann
Passacaglia: Haydn - Schumann - Widmann
Oberon Trio
Various composers
The Spirit Of Turtle [Longbox]
Various artists
Illuminated Bass
Olivier Thiery / Sophie Labandibar
Various composers
Afscheid van een springlevend orkest
Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert
Grenzen der Menschheit
Johannes Martin Kränzle / Hilko Dumno
Robert Schumann
Beyond Schumann
Michael Gees
Robert Schumann
Symphonic Works
Michael Schønwandt / Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Robert Schumann
Schumann Trios
Rhodes Piano Trio
Robert Schumann
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
Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt
Alexandra Dariescu plays Schumann, Liszt & Chopin
Alexandra Dariescu
Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt
Carnaval Op. 9, Intermezzi Op. 4 & Sonata in B Minor
Sophie Pacini
Clara Wieck Schumann, Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann & Clara Schumann
Monteiro/santos
The Three Sonatas For Piano
Berrut, Beatrice
Carnavalphantasie
Andrist, Audrey
Benjamin Britten, Robert Schumann, Dmitri Shostakovich
Works for Viola & Piano
Krzysztof Chorzelski / Katya Apekisheva
Robert Schumann
Piano trios op. 63 & 110
Voces Intimae
Robert Schumann, Wilhelm Kielwasser, Gustav Mahler
Wanderer
Christoph Prégardien / Ensemble Kontraste
Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
Viola Sonatas, Op. 120 Nos. 1 & 2 - Maerchenbilder. Op. 113
Rachel Roberts & Lars Vogt
Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Alexander Scriabin
Miroirs
Alexei Volodin
Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin
Blaue Blume
Alver, Rune
Robert Schumann
Gesänge Der Frühe . 7 Fughetten . Kreisleriana . Geistervariationen
Dina Ugorskaja
Various composers
Between life and death - Songs and Arias
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Robert Schumann
Sonatas for violin and piano op. 105 & 121 - 4 song arrangements
Linus Roth / José Gallardo
Camille Saint-Saëns, Friedrich Kuhlau, Robert Schumann
Piano Concertos by Schumann & Kuhlau
Felicja Blumental, Vienna Pro Music
Portraits II (Edition Ruhr Piano Festival Vol 15
D. Bashkirov; H. Schuch; D. Fray, C. Chamorel; S. Mauser; V. Kharin
Wanderer Fantasy
English Chamber Orchestra
PORTRAITS I
Claude Frank; Kirill Gerstein; Tim Horton; Tanara Stefanovich; Nikolai Tokarev
Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms
John Lill plays Brahms and Schumann
John Lill
Robert Schumann, Max Bruch
Robert SCHUMANN & Max BRUCH, Pieces for Clarinets & piano
Trio di Clarone & Kalle Randalu
Works for Violin and Piano
O' Riley/schulte
Robert Schumann, Heinz Krause-Graumnitz
Frauen und Mädchen die lieben
Margiono Quintet
Various composers
Ma Mère l'Oye
Per Musica
Fantasies
Youri Egorov
Four Hands Piano Music
Patricia Verhagen | Paul Komen
Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms
Piano Quintets
Paul Komen, Rubio String Quartet
Robert Schumann, Felix Draeseke
Doppelchoerige Gesaenge/Grosse Messe
Netherlands Chamber Choir
The Violin Sonatas
Johannes Leertouwer / Julian Reynolds
The Piano Sonatas Vol 1
Ronald Brautigam
Works for Horn & Orchestra
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