Schumann Bunte Blätter Op 99 No 1 in A Major
Robert Schumann, Bunte Blätter (Translation: Coloured Leaves), Op. 99, No. 1 in A Major. Performed live in studio by renowned concert pianist Vadim Chaimovich, exclusively for Shockwave-Sound.com.
June 8, 1810 – July 29, 1856
German composer Robert Schumann was deeply invested in the Romantic tradition of composition, so much so that he invoked separate personalities when writing: one boisterous, the other reticent. He strove to include psychological themes in his works, and to convey mood and meaning in everything he wrote.
Originally destined for a career in law, Schumann found himself drawn toward romanticism. His father was a bookseller, and young Schumann soaked in the romantic nature of novels of the time. He shifted to studying music, studying piano privately until an injury forced him to learn composition instead. He composed relentlessly, mostly shorter works, although some symphonies exist. He held various teaching posts, but the role did not suit him, and he did not meet with much success.
Mental issues were well known in his family, and before long Schumann began to exhibit manic-depressive behavior. He attempted suicide by launching himself into the Rhine, for which he was institutionalized. He died in an asylum, in 1856.
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Playing the piano is Vadim Chaimovich's first and foremost passion and his heart belongs to classical music, from Baroque to Modernism. In the meantime, his performances have been viewed over five million times on YouTube and gained him a large international fan base. Newspaper critics are unanimous in their praise of his interpretations deeming them as "sensitive and expressive", "intelligent and powerful". Meanwhile film and TV placements of Vadim's recordings include such shorts as "Waiting for a Stranger" (2011) and "Killing Time" (2015), a TV Series "#LoveMonkeyChocolateFlowers" (2014 –) and a 2014 drama "Female Pervert" by Jiyoung Lee as well as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival award winning cartoon " Sidewalk Scribble" by Peter Lowey.
Vadim Chaimovich was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and gave his debut performance with an orchestra aged seven. He is a graduate with honors from two conservatoires of music and received prizes at many international piano competitions, including the Schubert Competition in Dortmund (Germany) and the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland (USA). In 2003, Vadim Chaimovich’s outstanding artistry was distinguished with the Promotion Prize of the Dresden Art and Culture Foundation. He is also the winner of the 2009 10th International Web Concert Hall Competition (USA). As the First Prize winner of the 2009 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York) he gave his debut performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Vadim has given numerous concerts across Europe, in Japan and the USA, among others at the Vienna Musikverein and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall New York as well as at such renowned international music festivals as the Dresden Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He collaborated with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra etc. His third live CD "Kontraste" appeared in 2013 and received two prestigious Global Music Awards.