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Saturday, January 20, 2018 Permalink

The Clara Connection

Gianna Paola Scaffidi in the Italian production, "Clara Schumann, Born Wieck"


She was arguably the greatest pianist of her time, and thanks to her influence—direct and indirect--were written three of the great piano-and-orchestra works of the 19th century—Johannes Brahms' first Concerto, and the A-minor Concertos of Robert Schumann and Edvard Grieg.

Inspiration comes in many forms, of course, and all three men would have produced notable works without her influence. But without her, it’s fair to say that three of the greatest piano concertos of the 19th century might never have been written.

In this hour, the story of Clara Wieck Schumann.

Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Love Derwinger: Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra BIS CD-619 7318592006199
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Lars Vogt, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra BBC Music MM278 [none]
Brahms: Piano Concertos Maurizio Pollini, Vienna Philharmonic, Karl Bohm DGG 453 067-2  028945306728
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in F minor Diana Ambache, Ambache Chamber Orchestra BBC Music MM45 [none]

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