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The Woman's Love & Life
Sun, July 11, 2021 3:00 PM, EDT
Dear Friends, join us live from Rome for a very interesting program of romantic music and letters: Robert Schumann's "Frauen-Liebe und Leben" — dedicated to his wife - Clara Vick Schumann's "6 Lieder Op. 13", accompanied by the letters and diary of Klara and Robert.
This song cycle by Schumann was performed by Natalia in Carnegie Hall of New York just before the beginning of the Pandemic Time....
From Robert's letter :
Robert Schumann to Clara Vick Schuman.
Endenich, September 14, 1854 (from the CLinik, 2 years before Schumann died):
My life here is very simple.
"...The thought of my remissness towards you has often distressed me. You may not perhaps know that I have had a serious nervous illness for the past three months, and was, in consequence, forbidden every exertion, mental or physical, by my doctor. . .
How I wish I could listen to your beautiful playing again!"
From Klara Vick Schumann 's diary in the wading day. (September 12) . — Schönefeld
A period of my life ends here : if I have experienced trouble in my early years, there has been much happiness which I shall never forget. Now another life is beginning, life in him whom I love beyond all else and beyond my own self"
Robert Schumann, the vocal cycle "The Woman's Love and Life"
Clara Vick Schumann - 6 Lieder Op. 13 (number 1)
Letters of Clara Vick Schumann, diary of Robert Schumann
Moscow and Rome-based soprano Natalia Pavlova (who is a descendant of Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin) has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Moscow Chaikovsky State Conservatory, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), and many others throughout the world.
Active in performing music from antiquity to today, she was a soloist for 6 years in the Moscow theater School of Dramatic Art, directed by Anatoly Vasiliev. Natalia has sung world premiere performances and recordings of works by composers Giovanni Sollima, Venus Rey and Iraida Yusupova, composed specially for her voice, as well as pieces by Vladimir Martynov. She serves on Artistic Council of The First Cultural International Festival, Russian-Rome, Palazzo Poli in Rome, and was recently awarded the Silver Lion at the Narnia International Festival, as well as the International "Clean Sound" Award.
She has recorded 3 CD with contemporary music of Rey Jr and Yusupova in Da Vinci Classics and in Art Classics.
The winner of numerous international competitions Peter Aidu is a truly virtuoso pianist. His mastery and performance range regularly astound his audiences: from Baroque to contemporary, from the delicate performance of the finest compositions to grand scale opuses that require two-hands performance on two grand pianos at the same time.
Peter Aidu has been a part of everything new and vital that’s been happening on the Russian acoustic scene for the last ten years. The graduate of Moscow Conservatory with specialization in piano and organ is an architect, archeologist and artist of sound. He plays a number of instruments, some of them common, such as the harpsichord and grand piano, others — less common, such as the hammer clavier and lute. He performs on a giant bagpipe in Moscow parks; or arranges a show with marimbas, rung ladders, and rusty gear-wheels; or puts together a construct of sliced metal sheets that explores the correlation of sound and form.
Peter Aidu has organized a hospice for elder pianos and spends part of his time reconstructing vintage rarities. Using the 18th century textbook, he reconstructed some French dance music. His other creations include an experimental orchestra without a conductor, and Popov sound machines — clunky, but touching monsters that “speak” in place of thunderstorm, trains and fighter aircraft. His latest work is called the Sound Landscapes performance: it’s a presentation of four audio canvases made with a help of old-time theatrical machinery, and as a result the audience experiences a transcendental listening experience of alternate injections of sounds such as a carpet bombing, or a tropical rain, or the Atlantic surf.
BRADFORD WEST is a New York based actor, musician and filmmaker who is a principal performer in the global hit Slava's Snowshow.