The Stories Behind the Songs: The Schumanns (Part 1)

Presented by David Owen Norris, part of The José and Rafton Smallwood Masterclasses


Clara Schumann:

Sie liebten sich beide
Ich stand in dunklen Traümen

Hamish Garrity baritone
Siya Dai piano

Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben

Seit ich ihn gesehen
Er, der Herrlichste von allen

Anusha Bobby soprano
Jianing Pan piano

Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
Du Ring an meinem Finger

Taylor London soprano
Xiaqiangege Liu piano

Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
Süßer Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an

Rosa Sparks soprano
Holly Calder piano

An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan

Jodie Bailey soprano
Marianne Huang Yueyin piano

David Owen Norris - Biography

David Owen Norris is an RNCM International Visiting Tutor within the School of Vocal Studies and Opera, a pianist, broadcaster and composer. He was an Organ Scholar at Keble College, Oxford, leaving with a First in Music and a Composition Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music (where he won the Dove Prize) and privately in Paris. He was a repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, harpist at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of the Petworth Festival and the Cardiff International Festival, Gresham Professor of Music, and Chairman of the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Organists, and an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

David is in great demand as a teacher. In addition to his position at the RNCM, he’s Professor of Performance at the University of Southampton and Educational Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Recently he has returned to lecture for Gresham College, of which he is an Emeritus Professor.