In celebration of Robert Schumann's 200th birth year, (1810-2010) Rudolf Golez (pianist) and John Pamintuan (baritone) team up to perform Fantasiestücke Op. 12 and Dichterliebe Op. 48. The concert series commences in July 2010 in Baguio, followed by recitals in Cebu, Bacolod, Manila, and capped off by performances in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A compact disc recording containing the two long works will also be released.
Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, are eight pieces for piano, written in 1837. Schumann titled the work inspired by the 1814 collection of novellas Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier by his favourite author, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and dedicated it to Fräulein Anna Robena Laidlaw (1819–1901), an accomplished and attractive 18-year old Scottish pianist with whom Schumann had carried on a brief flirtation.*
Dichterliebe, 'The Poet's Love' (composed 1840), is the best-known song cycle of Robert Schumann (Op. 48). The texts for the 16 songs come from the Lyrisches Intermezzo of Heinrich Heine, composed 1822-1823, published as part of the poet's Das Buch der Lieder. Following the song-cycles of Franz Schubert (Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise), those of Schumann constitute part of the central core of the genre in musical literature.*