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Jonathan Biss: Shooting Down The Schumann Detractors

Mar 27, 2013

(For our week dedicated to Robert Schumann, pianist Jonathan Biss defends this misunderstood composer in the first of three essays. Click the audio link above to hear him play Schumann and discuss the composer with Performance Today host Fred Child.)

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