Schumann Rarity: An Opera of Bits and Pieces of ‘Faust’

robert-schumann_small.jpgBy BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 16 January 2006]
CLEVELAND, Jan. 15 – Like the rest of us, Schumann yearned to be where he wasn’t. In hand were his exquisite songs and piano pieces, the imperfect but inspired symphonies, and more. But over the next hill and just out of sight was opera. He never quite found how to get there.