Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Symphony No 2 Classical

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Symphony No 2

Bach                  The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus I & IV
Mendelssohn    Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor
Schumann         Symphony No 2

Philippe Herreweghe    Conductor
Martin Helmchen           Piano

The premiere of Schumann’s Second Symphony was conducted by his friend Felix Mendelssohn, and the work incorporates Bach’s ‘musical signature’ quoted in The Art of Fugue – the notes B-A-C-H (in English B-flat, A, C, B) – so surely he would nod approval at this programme. It was during the composition of this Symphony that Schumann began to experience the early signs of the mental disorder that would eventually bring his creative life to a premature halt. He wrote that “my resistant spirit had a visible influence on [the Symphony] and it is through this that I sought to fight my condition”.

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