Schumann’s 200th birthday is come and gone, and here are our esteemed critics recommending the same old stuff. And admitting that they have “mixed feelings” (for a while I was friends with Clara Schumann on Facebook, who I believe was in an “It’s complicated” relationship with Robert). Will Schumann forever be the “middle child” of German Romantics? Do we have to wait another century before people learn to love the piano trios, the Märchenerzählungen, and the Gesänge der Frühe? I kind of feel as if this isn’t my job— to tell people to check out Robert Schumann, of all people— but here are some of my favorite recordings:
Actually forget the recordings. Just buy this and sit yourself down at the piano (or find a friend to do it) and you’ll be happy.