Performance Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 8 PM

Dorothea Röschmann
Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The superstar team of soprano Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs love songs by Schumann and Berg. Schumann’s great love for Clara Wieck is at the heart of this Liederkreis, songs he described in a letter to her as his “most romantic music ever, with much of you in it.” His marriage to Clara might have inspired his song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, a celebration of a woman’s devotion to her husband. Schumann’s piano mastery is evident throughout, as the instrument is given a more prominent role than ever before heard in the song literature. Berg offers a fevered view of love in his impassioned Seven Early Songs.


  • Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano
  • Mitsuko Uchida, Piano


  • SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • BERG Seven Early Songs
  • SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und -leben

  • Encores:
  • SCHUBERT "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt," D. 877, No. 4
  • WOLF "Kennst du das Land"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Dorothea Röschmann

    Born in Flensburg, Germany, Dorothea Röschmann is one of the most highly respected singers of her generation. She gained international recognition in 1995 singing the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Festival. Ms. Röschmann returns regularly to Salzburg, where her roles have included Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Ilia (Idomeneo), Nannetta (Falstaff), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In 2012, Ms. Röschmann made her debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Countess Almaviva, and she is a regular guest at the Berlin State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Munich's Bavarian State Opera, and London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    Ms. Röschmann has recently appeared in concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir
    Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink ; the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Mr. Harnoncourt , Daniel Barenboim, and Pierre Boulez ; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Barenboim; the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with James Levine ; The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Harding; the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra with Mr. Nézet-Séguin; and the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert.

    A prestigious recitalist, Ms. Röschmann has given acclaimed performances at venues such as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, as well as the
    Schubertiade Schwarzenberg , Edinburgh, and Munich festivals; with Mr. Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera; and with Mitsuko Uchida at the Lucerne Festival.

    Ms. Röschmann's 2013-2014 season included performances as Donna Elvira and Countess Almaviva at the Berlin State Opera with Mr. Barenboim; Countess Almaviva on tour with the Vienna State Opera in Oman; and concerts with Mr. Harding and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mr. Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin, and
    Zubin Mehta and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana .

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  • Mitsuko Uchida

    Mitsuko Uchida is a performer who brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own search for truth and beauty. She is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Beethoven, both in the concert hall and on CD, but she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Boulez for a new generation of listeners. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.

    Highlights this season include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and play-directing the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland orchestras. Ms. Uchida's schedule includes recitals at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Brussels's Palais des Beaux-Arts, Berlin's Philharmonie, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, as well as in Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon. Ms. Uchida tours with soprano Dorothea Röschmann in the UK, Europe, and the US, and with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená to the Vienna State Opera and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

    Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her recordings include the complete Mozart piano sonatas and piano concertos; the complete Schubert piano sonatas; Debussy's etudes; the five Beethoven piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling; the final five Beethoven piano sonatas; and the 2008 recording of Berg's Chamber Concerto with the Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez, and Christian Tetzlaff. Her most recent releases include a CD of Mozart's K. 456 and K. 459 piano concertos with Ms. Uchida directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano, and two acclaimed discs of Schumann's solo piano music.

    Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In May 2012, she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal. In June 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Schumann's "Im Herbste"
Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano | Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

At a Glance

The great German Romantic poet Joseph von Eichendorff was one of Robert Schumann’s favorite sources for song composition. We hear Schumann’s assemblage of 12 haunting, passionate songs to this man’s words in the Liederkreis, Op. 39, composed during the “miracle year” of 1840, when he created more than 100 songs. From the loneliness and alienation at the beginning to the nocturnal springtime rapture at the close, this opus defines Schumann’s new approach to song composition.

The great 20th-century composer Alban Berg, famous for his operas Wozzeck and Lulu, wrote beautiful songs in his youth, when he was studying composition with another great 20th-century composer Arnold Schoenberg. We hear seven consummate late-Romantic songs that he wrote separately and then gathered for publication in 1928.

Although Schumann wrote individual songs as well, he gravitated to the composition of cycles, including Frauenliebe und -leben to words by a French aristocrat brought up in Germany after the French Revolution. In the year of his marriage to the great pianist and composer Clara Wieck, Schumann created richly expressive music for Adelbert von Chamisso’s poems in which a woman recounts how she fell in love, married, bore a child, and mourned her beloved husband’s death.
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This performance is part of Great Singers I.