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Download Schumann’s 'Spring' Symphony, Conducted by Riccardo Muti

Monday, April 06, 2015

It makes sense that great music about spring would be written in winter, when we need it most. That is when Robert Schumann composed his "Spring" Symphony.


The Berlin Philharmonic in Concert

The Final Symphonies of Brahms and Schumann

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Our 12th and final week of concerts from the Philharmonie ends the way it began: with a symphony by Robert Schumann and one by Johannes Brahms.


The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Music from the Hartt School, Part II

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week, the Young Artists Showcase returns to The Hartt School in Connecticut for more performances by Egyptian pianist Mohamed Shams and a string quartet called 20/20.

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Classics For Kids

Harvest Home

Saturday, September 28, 2013

This week Classics for Kids is celebrating music for the fall harvest. Join host Naomi Lewin as she takes a walk through this seasonal music.

All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Understanding Intentions

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A good composer can always convey the spirit of his intentions even if certain details are not easily discernible. This week, Terrance McKnight explores pieces translating those very feelings.


Classics For Kids

Is There a Composer (or Two) in the House?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Robert and Clara Schumann together created an impressive musical team. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about other families with several famous musicians.

Classics For Kids

Clara Schumann's Life

Saturday, September 14, 2013

In her time, Clara Schumann was one of the most famous pianists in all Europe. She also had a family that included a musical husband and eight children.

WQXR Features

BBC Proms: Brahms's A German Requiem

Saturday, August 31, 2013


Listen as American conductor Marin Alsop, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and an 80-strong chorus explores Brahms’s 1868 masterpiece.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Sounding Beautiful

Saturday, August 17, 2013

All Ears host Terrance McKnight says that we hear beauty when we hear ourselves, and this week he plays compositions of considerable beauty to the Western psyche.


Exploring Music

Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann String Quartets

Monday, July 29, 2013

This week host Bill McGlaughlin opens the show with one of the most delightful and storied chapters of the string quartet's history, centering around the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.


The Romantic Piano

The Romantics: A One Track Mind

Thursday, June 27, 2013

On the Season Finale of the Romantic Piano, David Dubal features works from Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms, showcasing their connections to each other.

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Albums of the Week

New Releases Featuring Brahms, Dowland and Schumann

Sunday, June 23, 2013

This week's featured albums bring ardent Schumann by pianist Imogen Cooper, intense Brahms from the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and a Renaissance sampler from Hamburger Ratsmusik.


The Romantic Piano

Robert Schumann: Paganini of Piano

Thursday, May 16, 2013

For many, Robert Schumann is the most intimate of the Romantic troubadours and lived only 46 years.

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Albums of the Week

Emanuel Ax Hits His Groove on Four Sets of Variations

Sunday, January 27, 2013

While never the flashiest pianist around, Emanuel Ax is firmly in his element on his latest recording, featuring sets of variations by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann and Copland.


New York Philharmonic This Week

Jan Lisiecki Makes Philharmonic Debut with Schumann Piano Concerto

Friday, January 18, 2013

David Zinman returns to the New York Philharmonic to lead the orchestra in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3, as well as Schumann’s Piano Concerto with pianist Jan Lisiecki in his debut with the orchestra, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7.

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Chamber Music Society

Genius Peers: Schumann and Mendelssohn

Sunday, January 06, 2013

This week's program pairs two composers not only from the same stylistic period, the Romantic age, but who also lived in the same city for some time and were good friends. Mendelssohn and Schumann, two of the most famous and popular musicians of their day, enjoyed mutual admiration and companionship during the years that the Schumanns, Robert and Clara, lived in Leipzig, where Mendelssohn was director of not only the Gewandhaus Orchestra, but also had started the Leipzig Conservatory, where he recruited Robert Schumann as a teacher of composition.

Ultimately, both composers died of broken hearts, but for now, enjoy their music which came from joyful and productive periods of their creative lives.


Showdown @ High Noon

You Pick the Piano Quintet

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

This week's Showdown featured one of the great genres of Romantic-era chamber music, the piano quintet. We offered three great pianists and three great string quartets performing masterpieces of this repertoire.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Van Cliburn's Musical Diplomacy Eases Tense U.S.-Soviet Relationship

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Fifty-five years ago this week, Van Cliburn was feted in New York City for his gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. Our sister station WNYC covered the young Texan's triumphant return.

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The 10 Greatest Composers

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

John Schaefer finds that making a Classical Top 10 is HARD!

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