Robert Schumann’s Sonatas for violin and piano have been a part of our repertoire for many years. The more intimately we get to know them, the more we realize how much they are the unfiltered reflection of a troubled personality, very human, at the mercy of his contradictions, joys and sorrows. This is what makes these works endearing but also, at times, disconcerting (especially so in the case of the 3rd Sonata).

In interpreting these wonderful, poignant works, played by Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim for the first time in the autumn of 1853, we hope to transport you straight into the family home of this legendary couple, in Düsseldorf, in late October of that very year.