Today marks the 198th anniversary of the birth of the German musician and composer, Clara Schumann. She was one of the finest pianists of the Romantic era, an underated composer and the wife of the famous composer, Robert Schumann. In an era when women, with the exception of singers, rarely performed in public Clara proved to be an exception.
Unfortunately, Clara Schumann’s own compositions remained largely unknown until the second half of the twentieth century. Many of her works are still unpublished and the scores are owned by private collectors, so it is not possible to appreciate the full extent of her output. Let us hope that for the 200th anniversary in 2019, record producers and performers will see fit to extend the range of her works available on CD. In the meanwhile we can appreciate Lisa Batiashvili performing Clara Schumann’s 3 Romances, Op. 22 in partnership with Alice Sara Ott.