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Awakening / Humm, Polgar


Release Date: 10/27/2017 
Label:  Rondeau Productions   Catalog #: 6143  
Composer:  Alban BergHugo WolfRichard StraussViktor Ullmann
Performer:  Äneas HummJudit Polgar
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The documentary ‘Ein Wunderkind wird erwachsen – Äneas Humm auf dem Weg zu einer Weltkarriere’ (‘A “Wunderkind” Comes of Age – Äneas Humm’s Pathway to an International Career’) was broadcast on Swiss television in 2014 and generated a wave of international interest. These days, the aspiring singer is still very young and regularly appears in operas, operettas, and countless Lied recitals across Europe and America. With this disc, the young baritone releases his recording debut. Joined by the pianist Judit Polgar, Humm performs songs by Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf, Alban Berg, and Viktor Ullmann, all of which shed light on moments of initiation and awakening. In their early works, Strauss, Wolf, and Berg address the great issues of Read more coming-of-age with carefree spirit and youthful curiosity: an attitude that can be rendered in heartfelt, touching manner only by a singer of the same age. The music of Viktor Ullmann, in contrast, opens a doorway to a new musical language. Framed by atonal phraseology and percussive effects on the piano, the composer (who was killed in Auschwitz in 1944) tells the story of Hafis: a drunkard who rejects everything that had once been meaningful to him for the sake of his love of an irresistibly beautiful woman. The title ‘Awakening’ captures not only the spirit of these songs, but the fact that this is the debut album of a stunning artist who is sure to enrapture audiences across the globe. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ferne Lieder by Alban Berg
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1904-1905; Austria 
2.
Geliebte Schöne by Alban Berg
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1904-1905; Austria 
3.
Traum by Alban Berg
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Written: c1904-8 
4.
Tiefe Sehnsucht by Alban Berg
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Written: c1904 
5.
Sehnsucht I by Alban Berg
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
6.
Er klagt, dass der Frühling so kortz blüht by Alban Berg
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1902; Austria 
7.
Das stille Königreich by Alban Berg
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: c1904-1908 
8.
An* (O wag es nicht) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
9.
Traurige Wege by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Ernst ist der Frühling by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Du bist wie eine Blume by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
12.
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
14.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 3, Die Nacht by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
15.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 4, Die Georgine by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
16.
Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19: no 1, Wozu noch Mädchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
17.
Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 1, Traum durch die Dämmerung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Written: 1895 
18.
Liederbuch des Hafis, Op. 30 by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Äneas Humm (Baritone), Judit Polgar (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940 

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