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Historic project for 2007 (Completed) - CD Clara Schumann: A Life in Song

CD recording of all 29 Lieder composed by Clara Schumann; accompanied on the W. Wieck Piano made for her by her cousin W. Wieck, bought and brought to Donegal by an Irish family in the 1860s.

Supported by a grant from the Arts Council Northern Ireland
Pianist - Lauretta Bloomer
Soprano - Elisabeth Goell
Producer - Judith Sheridan
Recording Engineer - Phil Whitaker

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Historic Project 2010-2015   -   Tales of a Travelled Piano

Tales of a Travelled Piano is the Tale of the W. Wieck piano, once owned by Clara Schumann, bought and brought to Donegal in the 19th century by the family of Convoy House. The Piano introduces the reader/ listener to the Irish classical composers, such as George Alexander Osborne from Limerick, Michael Kelly from Dublin, Thomas Augustine Geary, John Bourke, Lady Dufferin, Philip Cogan from Cork, Samuel Lover, M.W.Balfe, W.V.Wallace and many more.

It offers a first point of contact again with this almost forgotten part of Irish musical culture and many other little surprising facts of music in 19th century Ireland. The recording was made under virtual live circumstances in the Drawing Room of Glenveagh Castle and was supported by Donegal County Council with funds from the Arts Council Ireland for a concluding public concert. A substitute piano had to be used for the project: a Müller-Schiedmeyer, straight-strung, from Augsburg, Germany, that had served for close to one hundred years in St. Columb's Cathedral in Derry/Londonderry.

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