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Stephen Johnson considers the music and historical context to Schumann’s Violin Concerto with Matthew Trussler and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rory McDonald.

The Violin Concerto was Schumann’s last orchestral work, written shortly before the composer’s traumatic breakdown in the 1850s. It was never performed in the composer’s lifetime; indeed according to Stephen Johnson , it is a work “with one of the strangest histories in the repertory”.

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