Sliding into insanity – Schumann’s fate

Flares amidst darkness. © Charles Thibo

This music is about inner turmoil, about desperation, at the same time about caring love and tenderness. A dark tragedy with a human destiny in its center is unfolding, elements of a Romantic heroic rebellion are flaring up – what a pleasure! What a masterwork! A week ago, I listened to this piece for the first time. Last Friday I heard it played back to back with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 by the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Patricia Kopatchinskaja playing the solo part: Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D minor (WoO 23).

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