Music for the Desert Island!

Schumann: The Masterworks

These are a collection of 35 CD’s in a box, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth. The anniversary is in June, 2010.

Track listing:

CD 1 – 5:  Orchestral Works, and Concertos: Gardiner (Symphonies), Ashkenazy (Piano Concerto), Szeryng (Violin Concerto), Harrell (Cello Concerto) Mutter (Violin Fantasy)

CD 6 – 10: Choral Works, including Gardiner’s Paradies und die Peri; Scenes from Goethe’s Faust (Britten); and Manfred Incidental Music (Albrecht)

CD 11 – 19: Lieder, with Mathias, Varady, Schreier, Fischer-Dieskau and Eschenbach

CD 20 – 26: Chamber Works, with Hagen Quartet; Beaux Arts Trio; Argerich/Kremer; among others

CD 27 – 35: Piano Works, with Pollini, Ashkenazy, Pogorelich, and Eschenbach

I am a great admirer of Robert Schumann’s music, and his Symphonies in particular. He composed 4 symphonies, and the slow movement of the Symphony #2 stands out as one of the most moving moments in music, for me. Of course the Lieder are legendary, and so are the wonderful string quartets.

So… if you love Schumann, you can have a huge amount of his music here; enough for you to take to that desert island….


Here is an extract of the second movement (Scherzo) of the Schumann Symphony #2. Bernstein conducting…

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