October 24, 2015
A Schumann Journey; In Context
German ‘Romantic’ composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856) lived a relatively short life, but a very prolific life and career as a composer.
The New World Symphony first performed one of his works in the Inaugural Season concert of February 26, 1988, as guest conductor Lukas Foss conducted NWS in Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 .
His Quintet for Piano and Strings in E Flat Major saw a performance by an NWS ensemble on tour at the Musée Océanographique in Monaco on June 13, 1995.
And an all-Schumann concert “The Quintessential Romantic” was performed December 8–9, 2006 under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington.
"A Schumann Journey", to be performed this Friday, October 30 and led by Michael Tilson Thomas, reprises the Symphony No. 4, but also features the first performances by NWS of a number of selections from works by Schumann, including orchestral and vocal pieces.
NWS ensemble taking a bow after performing the Schumann Quintet in Monaco,
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, guest pianist, second from right
Photos courtesy of the New World Symphony Archives