Music delicate as silk fluttering in a breeze

 

Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor is full of flowery little details. © Charles Thibo
Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor is full of flowery little details. © Charles Thibo

O fortuna… Luck has been on my side more than once, and quite often I have wondered why some people tumble from one disaster to the next while other people’s luck seems to never run out. The fact that I confront you with two posts on Schumann back to back is due to a wonderful coincidence. I happened to be at the right place at the right time. I was in Zurich yesterday evening. And guess what: The Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes was scheduled to perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 in the prestigious Tonhalle. I was not going to miss that, oh no.

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