Category Archives: Romantic era

Symphony No. 2 in C major — Robert Schumann / BBC Proms conducted by Daniel Harding

Is Daniel Harding a fellow Schumann-phile?  I have thought from early in life that Schumann and I resonated on the soul level.  When Daniel Harding mentions Schumann’s intimacy, he is speaking of what I have always felt.  In fact, it is so personal that I can not adequately put it into words.  I have known many folks who admired Schumann, thought he was a great composer, etc., but they always seemed to me to be not quite resonating with his music as I do; and maybe it is as it will always be.  Schumann may be the most personal composer in my own musical life.  Symphony No. 2 is one of my favorite and most personal pieces of music.  It also carries the life of many years of listening to it.  It always stops me in my tracks.