“discuss Schumann” sounds pretty funny actually … one can not DISCUSS such name in term of anything.
u didnt mention Symphonic Etudes … how could you !! (im studying them now)… well , the thing about Schumann is , that some very beautiful things that seem really really easy to play , end up very uncomfy for the hand , generally i think Schumann is a not comfortable piano writing (but great) , whereas some very difficult passages and virtuosic movements in piano music of Liszt , seems very logical and written FROM the piano not only FOR the piano.
I feel the same for Chopin. Kentner says “Chopin’s writing…does not always flow as effortlessly from the fingers as Liszt’s”
Schumann is great! Don’t forget the chamber music - da piano quartet, piano quintet, dmin trio, dichterliebe, Allegro and appassaionato. Just some of my favs.
I like the symphonies too even doe they get canned, the Rhennish is great, da 4th movt trombones in Bachian counterpoint rule!
Personally, I prefer Carnaval, Kreislerian, Fantasy, Sonata 1, Papillon, Kinderszenen and Bunte-Blatter more than Op. 13. Schumann wrote so much damn awesome music that a masterpiece like the Symphonic etudes is one of his less popular works.