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Robert Schumann

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

May 23

No classical names in anti-Brexit culture list

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discThe UK cultural industry has published a list of 282 arts figures who want Britain to remain in the EU. Not one classical personality was approached. No composer. No conductor. No soloist. No orchestra. No singer. That’s what the arts business thinks of classical music. (Makes you want to vote Brexit?) List below. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Actor Abi Morgan, Writer Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Artists Adrian Scarborough, Actor Akram Khan Dancer, choreographer Alexandra Shulman, OBE Editor-in-chief, British Vogue Alfonso Cuarón Director, screenwriter, producer Alistair Spalding, CBE Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells Allie Esiri Poetry anthologist, director of iLiterature Allon Zloof Creative Director, Tom Smarte London Alt J (Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, Thom Green), Musicians Amahra Spence*, Director of MAIA Creatives Amanda Levete, Architect Amanda Nevill*, CEO, The British Film Institute Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive One Dance UK Andrew Kötting, Artist Andy Harries, Producer / Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures Anna Maxwell Martin, Actor Anna Schmitz, Executive Producer of Told By An Idiot Annoushka Ducas MBE, Jewellery designer and entrepreneur Anoushka Shankar, Musician Anthony Burrill, Designer Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Actor Arlene Phillips, CBE Choreographer Asif Kapadia Filmmaker Baroness Oona King*, Channel 4 Diversity Executive Bella Freud, Designer Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival Ben Harris, Publicist / Founder Run Music Ben Rivers, Artist Benedict Cumberbatch CBE, Actor Benjamin Caron, Director Bill Nighy, Actor Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist Brian Blessed, Actor Bridget Floyer, Independent Producer Bryony Gordon, Writer Caro Newling, President of the Society of London Theatre Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate Carol Main MBE, Director, Live Music Now Scotland/International Development (UK) Caroline Skinner, Executive producer Carrie Cracknell, Theatre director Charles Finch, CEO, Finch and Partners Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts Charlotte Mendelson, Novelist Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE, Actor Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern Chris Jackson, Author Christine Molloy, Director Christopher Wright, Actor Cornelia Parker, Artist Dame Harriet Walter, Actor Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE FRSL Writer Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Actress Dame Marina Warner, Writer Dame Pippa Harris DBE, Film and TV producer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, Fashion designer and activist Daniel Fletcher, Menswear designer Daniel Rubin, Executive Chairman, The Dune Group Danny Boyle, Director Dave Haslam, DJ and Author Dave Price, Composer David Adjaye, Architect David Arnold, Film composer David Batchelor, Artist David Heyman, Producer David Joseph, CBE Chairman and Chief Executive of Universal Music UK David Jubb*, Artistic Director & CEO of Battersea Arts Centre David Lan, Artistic director of the Young Vic David Morrissey, Actor David Oyelowo OBE, Actor David Puttnam, Film producer David Sproxton CBE, Executive Chairman, Aardman Animations studio David Yates, Film director Deborah Bull*, Assistant Principal (London) King’s College London Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive of the Design Business Association Declan Donnellan, Artistic Director, Cheek by Jowl Dominic Cooke CBE, Director Dominic West, Actor Douglas Gordon, Artist Dr. Sandie Shaw Chair, Featured Artist Coalition Ed Simons, Musician Eddie Izzard, Comedian Edie Campbell, Model Editors, Musicians Edward Hall, Artistic Director Hampstead Theatre Elizabeth Karlsen, Producer and co-founder of Number 9 Films Elizabeth Price, Artist Emily Eavis, Co-organiser of the Glastonbury Festival Eric Fellner, Co-Chairman, Working Title Films Fabrizio Zappaterra, Chairman, Temperley London, and Director, Hunter Boot Limited Felix Barrett, Founder and artistic director of Punchdrunk Fergus Linehan*, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival Francesca Hayward, Ballet Dancer Franz Ferdinand (Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Nick McCarthy, Paul Thomson), Musicians Gail Rebuck, British Publisher, Chair of Penguin Random House UK Gary Hume, Artist Gavin Turk, Artist Geoff Dyer, Author Geoff Travis, Rough Trade Founder and co-Managing Director Rough Trade Records George Longly, Artist George Want, Directr Glenn Brown, Artist Greg Hilty, Director, Lisson Gallery Hannah Pescod, Producer and co-founder, Bandstand Productions Hans Ulrich Obrist*, Curator, Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, London Heidi Thomas, Writer Helena Bonham Carter, Actor Heydon Prowse, Satirist Hot Chip, Musicians Howard Davies, Director Hussein Chalayan Designer Iain Archer, Producer / songwriter/ artist and visiting Professor, Leeds College of Music Ian Livingstone CBE, Video Games Entrepreneur and Author Ian McEwan, Novelist and screenwriter Ilan Eshkeri, Composer Ilse Crawford, Founder and Principal of Studioilse Imran Amed, Founder and CEO The Business of Fashion Jack Thorne, Writer James Capper, Sculptor James Daunt Founder, Daunt Books Jamie Bell, Actor Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate Books and founder of Letters Live and World Book Night Jamie Lloyd, Director and producer, founder of The Jamie Lloyd Company Jamie MacColl, Musician, Bombay Bicycle Club Jarvis Cocker, Musician & broadcaster Jason Watkins, Actor Jatinder Verma, Artistic Director, Tara Arts Jay Jopling, Founder of White Cube Jeff McMillan, Artist Jefferson Hack, CEO & Co-Founder, Dazed Media Jenny Agutter, OBE Actor Jeremy Deller, Artist Jess Search, Chief Executive BRITDOC Jessie Ware, Artist Jo Brand, Comedian Joanna Hogg, Director Joe Murphy, Artistic director, Good Chance Theatre Joe Robertson, Artistic director, Good Chance Theatre Joe Wright, Director John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation John le Carré, Author John Madden, Director John Pawson, Designer Jolyon Rubinstein, Satirist Jonathan Reekie, CBE*, Director of Somerset House Trust Joseph Mount (Metronomy), Musician Joseph Richardson, Actor, Musician and Puppeteer Josh Berger CBE*, President and Managing Director, Warner Bros UK and Ireland, and Chairman of the British Film Institute Jude Kelly CBE*, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre Jude Law, Actor Juliet Stevenson, Actor June Sarpong, MBE Broadcaster, campaigner Kanya King, MBE Founder and CEO of the MOBO Organisation Kate Mosse, Novelist and playwright Kate Unsworth, Founder and CEO VINAYA Katharine Hamnett, Fashion designer Kathy Lette, Author Katie Mitchell, Director Katie Moore, Actor Keira Knightley, Actor Keith Milow, Artist Kelly Hoppen MBE, Interior designer, author and entrepreneur Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, OBE Chief Executive, The Place Kerry Hudson, Author Kevin Macdonald, Director Kevin O’Hare* Director, The Royal Ballet Kit Neale, Fashion designer Koo Jeong, Artist Laura Bailey Model, writer, Contributing Editor; British Vogue Laura Wade, Playwright Laura Wright, Singer Lee Hall, Dramatist Lisa-Marie Hoctor, Performer and Co-Artistic Director of Mighty Heart Theatre Company Louisa Hutton, Artist Marcus Davey OBE, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, The Roundhouse Martha Freud, Artist Martin Parr, Photographer/curator Mary Swan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Proteus Mat Whitecross, Director Matthew Baker, Head of acquisitions, HanWay Films Matthew Hale, Artist Matthew Herbert, Musician Meike Ziervogel, Publisher at Peirene Press Michael Craig-Martin, Artist Michael Frayn, Writer Michael Mack, Publisher Michael Morpurgo, Author Michael Morris and James Lingwood, Co-Directors, Artangel Michael Winterbottom, Director Mike Leigh OBE, Writer and director Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, Co-founders of Belarus Free Theatre Nicholas Hytner, Director Nick Dear, Playwright Nick Ormerod, Artistic Director, Cheek by Jowl Nicolai Schumann, Founding Director, Alice’s Pig Nicolas Brown, Producer Nicolas Kent, Director/producer; ex- Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Nicole Farhi, Sculptor Nigel Carrington*, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London Nik Powell, Producer Nina Gold, Casting Director Nitin Sawhney, Musician Noel Clarke, Actor, director, writer Noel Qualter, Producer/writer, Cineman Films Ol Parker, Screenwriter and Director Orlando von Einsiedel, Director Paloma Faith, Artist Patricia Rodriguez and Merce Ribot, Little Soldier Productions Patrick Grant, Designer Paul Hosking, Artist Paul Roseby, National Youth Theatre, director Paul Williams OBE, Director, Stanton Williams Pawel Pawlikowski, Director Pete Czernin, Producer, Blueprint Pictures Peter Florence, MBE Director, Hay Festival Peter Morgan, Writer Peter Rice, Sound Design Peter Strickland, Director Philip Pullman, Writer Polly Stenham, Writer Professor Eyal Weizman, Architect and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture Professor Jonathan Shalit, OBE Chairman, ROAR Group Professor Tom Inns*, Director of the Glasgow School of Art Rhodri Meilir, Actor Richard Curtis, Writer and Director Richard Gregory, Artistic Director of Quarantine Richard Rogers, Architect Richard Wentworth, Artist Robert Montgomery, Artist and Poet Ron Arad, Designer Amir Amor and Piers Aggett (Rudimental), Musicians Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates Sabrina Guinness, Producer Sally Wainwright Writer, Director and Executive Producer Sam Taylor-Johnson, OBE Film Maker, Artist Sam Thorne Director, Nottingham Contemporary Samuel Hodges, Director/CEO of Nuffield Theatre, Southampton Samuel West, Actor Sandi Toksvig OBE, Founder of the Women’s Equality Party, author, comedian and presenter Sara and Leonie Lowri, The Eggs Collective Sarah Solemani, Actress and writer Saul Dibb, Director Shaun McDowell, Artist Shirazeh Houshiary, Artist Simon Patterson, Artist Simon Stephens, Writer Sir Anish Kapoor, Sculptor Sir David Chipperfield, CBE RA RDI RIBA Architect Sir Derek Jacobi CBE, Actor Sir John Hurt CBE, Actor Sir John Sorrell CBE, Chairman of Creative Industries Federation Sir Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director, New Adventures Sir Patrick Stewart, Actor and activist Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE, Playwright and screenwriter Sonia Friedman, Producer Sophie Fiennes, Director, producer Sophie Okonedo, Actor Stephen Daldry CBE, Director and Producer Stephen Frears, Director Stephen Woolley, Producer, director Steve Coogan, Actor, Producer, Writer Steve McQueen, Artist Susannah Tresilian, Theatre director and founder of Ariadne Tacita Dean, Artist Tara Robinson, Artistic Director of The Conker Groups Thandie Newton, Actress Thea Sharrock, Director Thomas Heatherwick, Designer Tim Bevan, Co-chairman, Working Title Films Tim Pigott-Smith, Actor, director, writer Tom Geens, Director Tom Harper, Director Tom Hooper, Director Tommy Franzén, Dancer Tony Bevan, Artist Tracey Emin, Artist Tracey Seaward, Producer Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, London Vicky Ireland, MBE Vice Chair of Action for Children’s Arts Wayne McGregor, CBE, Choreographer and founder of Studio Wayne McGregor WIlliam Nicholson, OBE, Writer Wolfgang Tillmans, RA Artist Yana Peel*, CEO of the Serpentine Galleries *These people have agreed to sign the letter in a personal capacity.

Guardian

May 22

Beethoven, Schumann, Françaix: Equal CD review – colour and nuance

Sebastian Bohren (violin), Chaarts Chamber Artists (RCA Red Seal)Youth to the fore here, with the stylish Sebastian Bohren giving a silky account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, accompanied by the conductorless Chaarts Chamber Artists, founded by former members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in 2010 and since embellished by instrumentalists from leading orchestras and chamber ensembles. Their deliciously forthright reading of the Beethoven makes the Schumann Phantasie for violin and orchestra in C Major feel a bit thin in comparison, but Bohren and the players sparkle in Jean Jean Françaix’s Nonetto from 1995, an arrangement of Mozart’s E flat major quintet, K452. Françaix takes the piano part and redistributes it for string quartet and double bass, while retaining the wind parts of the original. The result is refreshingly rich in colour and nuance. Recommended. Continue reading...






Robert Schumann
(1810 – 1856)

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 - 29 July 1856) was a German composer, aesthete and influential music critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most representative composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law to return to music, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher, Friedrich Wieck, that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury caused by a device he created with the false belief that it would help increase the size of his hands prevented that. One of the most promising careers as a pianist had thus come to an end. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing. Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. His writings about music appeared mostly in the New Journal for Music, a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded. In 1840, Schumann married pianist Clara Wieck when she was of age, following a long and acrimonious legal battle with her father, his former teacher, to gain his approval of the match. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career. For the last two years of his life, after an attempted suicide, Schumann was confined to a mental institution, at his own request.



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