Clara Schumann

Lara Downes
Rik Keller

Pianist and composer Clara Schumann’s bicentenary falls on September 13, 2019, and pianist Lara Downes wants to share her awe of Clara’s brilliance.

Savoring the Glow of Brahms’s Violin Sonatas

Sep 2, 2019
Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien
Askonas Holt

Twelve years of playing together has given violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien a sixth sense for capturing the heartbreak and the nobility of Brahms, and their new album is our CD of the Week.

Isata Kanneh-Mason
Robin Clewley

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason’s awe and reverence for Clara Schumann made for an easy decision on how to focus her debut CD, and WCRB has chosen it as our CD of the Week.

Clara Schumann. Engraved portrait by Em. Raerentzen & Co., 1842 / Yale University Library
Yale University Library

Clara the colossus. Clara the champion. Clara the brilliant, Clara the brave, Clara the soloist with tears in her eyes and a wistful melody at her fingertips. Clara the composer-pianist-publicist-agent-critic-financier, Clara the beauty, Clara the wit, Clara the genius, mother, friend, mentor, muse, legacy-builder, icon. Clara Wieck Schumann, all these things and more, turns 199 today.