Today is June 8th, 2011. It is the 201st birthday of the great Bobby Schumann: author, pianist, publisher, public intellectual, beer drinker, and one of the greatest composers who ever lived.
Discovering and exploring the music of Robert Schumann has been one of the great joys of my musical life. His music never ceases to amaze me, with its energy, its vulnerability, its vast emotional range, its humanity, humor and poetic elusiveness. I can scarcely think of another composer whose music can in some ways seem so personal and private, full of secret codes, confessions and messages to his friends, followers and lovers, and yet can also turn on a dime to be unambiguously outgoing, shamelessly public and totally life-affirming.
It seems like a birthday celebration ought to focus on that life-affirming side of his character.
So, by special arrangement with Avie Records and Orchestra of the Swan, we’ve decided to offer a free download for one week only of the 2nd mvt of Bobby’s Third Symphony from our new disc, which is being released on June 20. I’m just thrilled with the way my colleagues in Orchestra of the Swan play this music- I hope you enjoy it, too.
Of course, we all hope that if you like it, you’ll be inspired to order a copy- we need to sell a respectable quantity of discs in order to allow the whole Bobby and Hans project to reach completion. You can pre-order from Amazon here. Better yet, order direct from Avie here and get free shipping anywhere in the world, or get in early through the new Vftp Shop, where copies are now available. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. Ordering direct from Avie or Vftp means more of your money goes to fund the next disc.
Meanwhile, click here to listen. Right-click and select “save target as” to save to your hard drive.