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Sat 6 Feb 2016

Royal Festival Hall, London

Marin, Madness and Music

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10 - £75

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Brahms Variations on a theme by Haydn
Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor
Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Rhenish

Marin Alsop conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin


Genius and madness are often common bedfellows, and this concert focusses on the music of Robert Schumann – a composer who ended his days in an asylum. The electrifying violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya joins the us for his violin concerto, with its intensely moving, intense and lyrical middle movement, and the concert is crowned by his joyous Rhenish symphony.

Part of Southbank Centre’s Changing Minds weekend.

Schumann's Violin Concerto from OAE on Vimeo.

OAE Extras – Madness & Genius: Robert Schumann 

Schumann ended his days in an asylum, unable to even recognise his wife. We examine his final days, and his mental illness and the impact it may have had on his music. A panel of speakers including Marin Alsop and Gillian Moore (Director of Music, Southbank Centre) discuss whether madness and genius really do go hand in hand. Or does this notion misrepresent both creativity and mental health problems?

5.45pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, free admission.

Venue details

This venue has disabled access. Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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