Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
Robert Schumann suffered all kinds of ailments throughout his lifetime – auditory hallucinations, depression, and even bipolar disorder. But in 1845, some of that changed – at least temporarily – when he accompanied his wife Clara on a performance tour of Russia, and then settled into life in Dresden. It was here that Schumann began composing in a more “professional” way. Rather than waiting for the “muse,” he would dedicate himself to composing regularly and studying the music of Bach. His Second Symphony was born out of this lifestyle change, a work that is decidedly triumphant and optimistic.