Clara Schumann

Pianist Lara Downes' playing has been praised as "luscious, moody, dreamy" (The New York Times) and "addicting" (The Huffington Post). She visited the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio in October, 2019 to play music from her new CD, For Love of You and more. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

September 9, 2019. The 200th birthday of the great musician Clara Schumann (1819-1896) is September 13th. To celebrate, we're showcasing an impressive debut recording of works by Schumann from London Decca by pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason—the oldest sibling in a famously talented family of young British musicians.

August 26, 2019. In this week’s Classical Album of the Week, Russian-British violinist Alina Ibragimova continues her long-standing musical collaboration with French pianist Cédric Tiberghien in a new recording including Brahms’ Violin Sonatas and one of Clara Schumann’s Three Romances. 

When the young Robert Schumann fell in love with his piano teacher’s daughter, Clara, her father was not pleased and tried to keep them apart. How did they keep their passion alive? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.  


WRTI Honoring Women Composers in March

Mar 8, 2013

It wasn't until the last third of the 20th century that women took their place in serious music, a field historically dominated by men.  Felix Mendelssohn's sister Fanny composed quite a bit of music, but it was only heard in private settings since it wasn't considered "proper" for a woman to compose.

Communication was not a strong suit for Robert and Clara Schumann. But music surely was.