The New York Philharmonic to Current “The Schumann Connection”

Gustavo Dudamel conducts NY Phil at David Geffen Corridor, 2020 (Picture credit score: Chris Lee)


Reflecting on the distinctive relationship between the historic married couple — composers and musicians Robert and Clara Schumann — the New York Philharmonic (NY Phil) will current a sequence of orchestral, chamber, and up to date music works. 

Between March 6 to twenty, the occasion’s performances will likely be going down throughout New York’s venues comparable to Lincoln Heart, Alice Tully Corridor, and 92nd Road Y.

From March 9–12 and 17–20, Gustavo Dudamel will likely be conducting the NY Phil in Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Cycle plus the NY Phil commissioned world premieres by Gabriela Ortiz and Andreia Pinto Correia.

Titled Clara, Ortiz’s new work was impressed from a diary entry by Clara at age 20, who wrote: “I as soon as believed that I possessed inventive expertise, however I’ve given up this concept; a girl should not want to compose — there has by no means but been one capable of do it. Ought to I anticipate to be the one?” 

Clara is a tribute to the extraordinary lady and an acknowledgment of her skills. Ortiz additionally channels these ladies in historical past who’ve challenged the established order of their numerous eras by way of creative expression.

Pinto Correia’s fee is titled Os pássaros da noite (The Birds of Evening) and is primarily based on a letter Robert Schumann wrote to his good friend Johann Verhulst: “The melancholy birds of evening nonetheless flit spherical me occasionally, but they are often pushed off by music.” 

In a number of other ways, Pinto Correia works to transmit coded messages, in the same method to how Robert and Clara communicated with one another by way of their very own compositions.


Left to proper: Clara and Robert Schumann (Picture courtesy: Getty/ Hulton Archive/ABC)


On March 6, NY Phil musicians, principal affiliate concertmaster Sheryl Staples, affiliate principal viola Rebecca Younger, and cellist Patrick Jee, will be a part of pianist Gilles Vonsattel in a chamber music live performance that includes three works by Clara Schumann alongside these of Beethoven and Brahms.

SoundON, NY Phil’s up to date chamber sequence, will current, on March 14, works reflecting on modern-day inventive partnerships by composers and their musician-colleagues, companions, and spouses, together with Wang Lu and Anthony Cheung; and Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

“After I take into consideration Schumann’s music, I’m at all times amazed anew by the creativity, the melodic inventiveness, the virtuosic counterpoint, and the numerous different methods he was capable of paint with the palette of an orchestra,” stated Dudamel within the press launch

“And naturally there may be the deep romanticism, impressed by his spouse and muse, Clara,” he continued. “However she was a lot greater than that — a groundbreaking pianist and composer in her personal proper — and so we needed to additionally current the world premiere of latest works exploring the couple and their connection, written by two equally extraordinary voices: Gabriela Ortiz and Andreia Pinto Correia. To listen to the symphonies carried out collectively, alongside these new works, will really be a journey for each the gamers and the audiences!”

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