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In search of Schumann: Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the LSO in an exploration of the composer’s works

09 March, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Composer Robert Schumann and conductor John Eliot Gardiner. (Gardiner photo: Maciej Goździelewski).

Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner is launching an exploration of the works of Robert Schumann at two LSO concerts at the Barbican over the coming week.

The exploration gets under way on Sunday evening (March 11) with Schumann’s Second Symphony and the overture to the composer’s rarely-performed opera Genoveva. The second symphony was composed despite his problems with health and depression.

Also being performed is Berlioz’s exquisite Les nuits d’été sung by excellent Swedish mezzo Ann Hallenburg.

Next Thursday (March 15), Sir John and the LSO are performing works from the happiest time of Schumann’s life after his marriage to Clara Wieck, his inspiration and his muse. Being performed is Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale and his Fourth Symphony.

March 11: Schumann’s Second Symphony and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été: LSO/Gardiner, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2, 7pm, £15-£55, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk

• March 15: Schumann’s Fourth Symphony: LSO/Gardiner, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2, 7.30pm, £15-£55, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk

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