We’ve all read about music that’s been rediscovered thanks to a find on a dusty forgotten shelf, but how about music that has been re-found thanks to a…seance? That’s the alleged story of how Schumann’s forgotten concerto came to be discovered in 1933, with the Swedish Ambassador to London apparently receiving a series of psychic messages as to its whereabouts.
Thanks to their efforts today we can appreciate this work as a fascinating ‘missing link’ between the Beethoven and Brahms concertos, as well for its satisfyingly rich melodies and noble grandeur.
Richard has made the perfect Schumann pairing with his Symphony No. 2, written from 1845 to 1846 as he emerged from a period of “melancholia.” During these years, Schumann looked to the music of J.S. Bach as a restorative balm, devoting himself to the study of counterpoint and the result is this triumphant masterpiece, a fantastic showcase for the orchestra.
Throughout his adult life, Schumann experienced bouts of serious depression, but he was able to muster the most positive elements of Romanticism into his music. His life was a struggle, yet in his music we sense light. This well known work will shed a bright light as we experience that inexplicable rush we get when we come together to share live music.
BACH Fuga a 3 Soggetti, “Unfinished Fugue” from The Art of Fugue
SCHUMANN Concerto for Violin in D minor, WoO 23
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61