Manuel Lange, piano
Anne Schwanewilms ranks among the greatest Strauss and Wagner interpreters today, but her secret love still belongs to the Lied. ‘Up to now I insist on my song recitals, that means pursuing the path of my soul, then I am the orchestra, the singers, the driving force with all together. The pianist is my most important partner, and it is quite simple communication to produce pure music, in the simplest form.’
For her new album, the soprano celebrated worldwide quite deliberately chose songs by Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf. ‘It is the conception of a ‘somnambulist’s gait’, enlivened by memories, dreams and steps back into the past – for the tranquillity that can emerge with Schumann and Wolf is for me incredibly intensive and fascinating.’ Anne Schwanewilms is accompanied by the pianist and song expert Manuel Lange.