Featured piece: Schumann Cello Concerto
Schumann was one of the most important composers on the 19th century. In addition to composing symphonies and concertos, Schumann is recognized today as one of the great masters of song. In 1840 alone, he wrote more than 130 of them many of which were love songs. Throughout his life, Schumann struggled with his emotions and inner world. In mid-40s, Schumann’s symptoms had progressed to include auditory hallucinations. In 1854, Schumann attempted suicide by jumping into the Rhine River. After being rescued, he entered an asylum at his own request, remaining there until his death in 1856 at the age of 46
Before listening to the concerto watch a wonderful short film about Robert Schumann made by one of the greatest cellist today Steven Isserlis. The film has several episodes which you can find online. Here I include part 1 of the film but I encourage you to watch the whole thing. After watching the film , listen to the concerto and follow with a Master Class of Steven Isserlis. Your comments are very encouraged.
Film part 1
Schumann Cello Concert performed by Steven Isserlis ( first mvt)
Master Class with Steven Isserlis on Schumann Cello concert (first mvt)