classical music

Clara Schumann: Prodigy, Muse, Virtuoso

Part of Women in Music at Southbank Centre

Celebrating the bicentenary of Clara Wieck Schumann’s birth in 1819, pianist Reiko Fujisawa illuminates her life and work through words and music.

With a career spanning more than 60 years and a life marked by tragedy, Clara Schumann was a leading pianist of her day, the wife of one great composer and the intimate friend of another. A woman of her time, she is now seen as a strikingly independent figure who worked tirelessly against the grain of assumption and prejudice.

Making music was her life – she called it ‘the very air I breathe’ – and in this concert, Fujisawa, alongside actor Crawford Logan, paints a portrait of the life, work and personal reflections of this iconic artist.

Fujisawa is a formidable virtuoso performer who made her debut at Southbank Centre in 1999, and has since made appearances at prestigious venues all over the UK, including Wigmore Hall, Hebden Bridge Piano Festival and London’s King’s Place.

Fujisawa’s chamber music collaborations include the Carducci String Quartet and her own Principals of Sound, a woodwind and piano ensemble comprising some of the UK’s top wind players. She has released two CDs on Quartz Music – her 2012 album of music by Bach, Beethoven and Schubert was described as ‘irresistible’ by The Arts Desk.

As a voice on radio, Crawford Logan is well-known to BBC listeners as Paul Temple in the Paul Temple Adventures. He has made over 1,000 broadcasts, appeared as two different characters in The Archersand also directed the last live BBC radio play of the 20th century.


Reiko Fujisawa piano
Crawford Logan narrator


Brahms: Intermezzo in E minor, Op.119 No.2
Clara Schumann: Scherzo No.1 in D minor, Op.10; Romance for piano, Op.21 No.3
Beethoven: 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO.80
Chopin: Impromptu in F sharp, Op.36; Fantaisie-impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66
Schumann: Fruhlingsnacht from Liederkreis, Op.39 arr. Liszt for piano; Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Fantasiebilder), Op.26; Widmung from Myrthen, Op.25 arr. Liszt for piano

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Purcell Room


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