From April, 2017

www.ArtsATL Review: Vocalist Miah Persson improvises solo concert, brings life to Schumann’s songs of Clara

Swedish soprano Miah Persson and pianist Malcolm Martineau performed as a duo at Spivey Hall. Every composer must have a muse, his raison d’être. For Robert Schumann that was Clara Wieck, the daughter of his piano teacher. Theirs was a forbidden romance, and Schumann’s longing for Clara manifested itself in both word and song. She pops up as a character named Beda in his highly narrative music criticism (The Editor’s Ball) and later when he reviewed a performance of her Soirées for Piano, Op. 6 in 1837, where he compared her composition to a bud before it breaks out into…