Schumann and Borisova-Ollas
Composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas had a big hit with the premiere of her opera Dracula at the Royal Swedish Opera last autumn. In March, she is the focus of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s composer series. As part of this concert, her Wunderbare Leiden, a piano concerto for two soloists, and a tribute to Robert and Clara Schumann, will be performed by pianists David Huang and Henrik Måwe.
Ahead of Robert Schumann’s 200th birthday, Victoria Borisova-Ollas wrote double concerto Wunderbare Leiden. The name comes from one of Robert’s diary entries, and is a telling example of his dramatic emotional life. Musically, both Mr and Mrs Schumann can be sensed in the concert, which was written for two pianists – like the Schumanns! Robert Schumann only wrote one opera during his career – Genoveva – after a medieval German legend about love and unfaithfulness. Don Juan, Richard Strauss’ second symphonic poem, was the piece that really established him as a composer.