Schumann's Symphony No 4

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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Works from the happiest time of Robert Schumann's life – his marriage to pianist Clara Wieck, his inspiration and muse.

Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale was originally conceived as a symphony, or 'symphonette' as he liked to call it, but having no slow movement he eventually republished it as this three-movement work.

The Fourth Symphony was also revised by Schumann after the unsuccessful premiere. However, in the face of opposition from Clara, Brahms later revived the original version, presented in this concert, which he considered lighter and more transparent in texture.

Change of soloist and concerto

March 2018
Piotr Anderszewski is suffering from influenza and is unable to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No 25. It has therefore become necessary to adjust the programme, and we are very grateful to Isabelle Faust, who has agreed to step in at short notice and perform the Schumann Violin Concerto.
Posted 11.25am, Tuesday 13 March 2018

December 2017
Maria João Pires is retiring from major concert projects as from January 2018 and is therefore now unavailable for her London and tour performances with the LSO and Sir John Eliot Gardiner in March 2018.

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