Clara Schumann

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.