From a purely artistic point of view, there is little to worry about for the next generation of songwriters; the song scene is largely unanimous on that. Äneas Humm, the 27-year-old Swiss baritone who trained with Edith Wiens at New York's Juilliard School and is currently an ensemble member at the Theater St. Gallen, communicates like a millennial who knows every trick in the social media book. At the same time, he is an artist whose vocal sensibility seems made for song. The Berliner Tagesspiegel is already proclaiming Humm a "classical music shooting star" and praising his "great interpretive maturity, first-class comprehension of the text and a vocal flexibility that is astonishing." Meanwhile, Humm not only understands what he sings, praises Bayerischer Rundfunk, which declared the album "Embrace" the CD of the week – he also lives through it. "For all his clever skill, he is not one to suggest things from a safe distance. Rather, he makes the feelings his own with emphasis." Moreover, Humm's original choice of repertoire arouses curiosity. For his performance at the Lied Festival with American pianist Renate Rohlfing, the singer has recast the titular "Embraces" of his program. Among the rather rare treasures are works by the Mendelssohn siblings, Franz Liszt, and Edvard Grieg, as well as exquisite early songs by Walter Braunfels, who was later silenced by the Nazis.
Concert without intermission
Duration approx. 70min