The First Piano Concerto, composed by Clara Wieck (1835) before she was Clara Schumann, is a sixteen-year-old girl's work, admired by both Goethe and Liszt. A few years later, she wrote in her diary: "I once believed I had creative talent, but I have given up that idea. A woman should not compose. None has ever been able to. Why should I be the exception?" Performed here by the young piano prodigy Mariam Batsashvili, this concerto comes to us like a sublime dream come true.
Robert Schumann composed his First Symphony (1841) in the bliss of the first months of his marriage. The piano having - in his own words - become too small to contain his ideas, it was time to move on to orchestral music and assert himself to the public. This so-called Spring Symphony marked a turning point in his career.
The Schumann couple had developed a deep friendship with Brahms, an emotional and artistic relationship that continued after Robert's death. The evening opens with Brahms' Tragic Overture (1880) like a gripping prologue to the story of Clara and Robert.
Lorraine National Opera Orchestra
Jordan de Souza
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7
Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 38, known as The Spring Symphony