Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54


THE German composer Robert Schumann completed his only piano concerto in 1845. It was premiered in Dresden with his wife Clara as the soloist.

I think this work has been overshadowed by Grieg’s 1868 Piano Concerto, also in A minor and which also starts with a dramatic piano flourish, but to me this is a much superior work.

I have chosen a vintage (1963) recording by Claudio Arrau with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by George Hurst.

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