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Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel


Adrian Eröd (Peter), Janina Baechle (Gertrud), Daniela Sindram (Hänsel), Ileana Tonca (Gretel), Michaela Schuster (Witch), Annika Gerhards (Sandman, Dew Fairy)

Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper & Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Adrian Noble (director)

Based on one of the best-loved stories by the Brothers Grimm, Hänsel und Gretel soon became one of the most-performed operas in the world and has remained enduringly popular with both children and adults ever since.This is the first production at the Wiener Staatsoper since World War II – inventively staged by Adrian Noble, former Artistic Director of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

“A notable success – clear-eyed and lovingly conducted…a fine production that will be especially enjoyed by those who recoil from kitsch” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, on 12th and 16th December 2008.


Angelika Kirchschlager (Hänsel), Diana Damrau (Gretel), Elizabeth Connell (Gertrude), Thomas Allen (Peter), Anja Silja (Die Knusperhexe), Pumeza Matshikiza (Sandmännchen), Anita Watson (Taumännchen)

Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Children’s Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Colin Davis (conductor) & Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier (stage directors)

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Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager star in the acclaimed 2008 production of Humperdinck’s famous fairytale opera, in the company of two of Britain’s most revered musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of the Father, and the legendary conductor Colin Davis. Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser combine their characteristic wit and a dash of deliciously dark comedy with the opera’s fairytale charm. Humperdinck’s music mixes catchy folk-like songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result as tunefully approachable, musically memorable and visually delightful as opera gets. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in full Surround Sound.

‘Angelika Kirchschlager’s tousled, boyish Hänsel and Diana Damrau’s Gretel are dramatically convincing and vocally superb, while their parents, excellently sung and played by Elizabeth Connell and Thomas Allen, earn our sympathy as well as our censure. Pumeza Matshikiza’s goblin-like Sandman is truly magical and Anita Watson’s feather-dusting Dew Fairy another amusing creation. Colin Davis, unafraid to relish the icing on the cake, draws a warm, effulgent sound from the orchestra.’ Evening Standard

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis & animated cast gallery.

Interview with Colin Davis.

Fairytales feature.

Cinema trailer.

PICTURE FORMAT: 1080i
LENGTH: 138 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 & 5.1 PCM
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“Humperdinck's adorable opera here receives treatment so affectionate that the two children are more likely to be killed with kindness than by the Witch. The cast is strong, with Angelika Kirchschlager a much more credible boy than Diana Damrau is a girl... Thomas Allen is a superb Father, and Elizabeth Connell equally good as Mother.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ***

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Opus Arte - OABD7032D

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Live Recording from The Anhaltisches Theater Dessau 2007


Sabine Noack (Hänsel), Cornelia Marschall (Gretel), Alexandra Petersamer (Gertrud), Ludmil Kuntschew (Peter/Die Knusperhexe), Viktorija Kaminskaite (Sandmännchen/Taumännchen)

Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau & Kinderchor Des Anhaltischen Theater Dessau, Markus L. Frank (conductor) & Johannes Felsenstein (stage director)

Set Design and Costumes by Stefan Rieckhoff.

Hänsel und Gretel is a fairy-tale opera (Märchenspiel) by Engelbert Humperdinck to a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette. The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on „Hänsel and Gretel.“ After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera. Hänsel und Gretel has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances, and it is often performed at Christmas time. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the prayer from act II. A family classic, it grew out of a set of incidental music and, written between 1890 and 1893, it was fi rst performed on 23 December 1893 under Richard Strauss in Weimar. The form in which the story is used in the opera derives from the collection of Ludwig Bechstein. Gertrud, the desperate mother, sends her hungry children into the wood to pick strawberries, unaware of the danger to which she exposes them until Peter, the broombinder, returns and is shocked at what she has done; both anxious parents immediately set out to find them. The thoroughly happy ending introduces another significant variation to the familiar version of the brothers J. and W. Grimm.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 7.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Subtitle Languages: DE, GB, FR, IT, ES

Running Time: 98 mins

FSK: 6

“Johannes Felsenstein's production of this favourite fairy-tale opera presents it with every sinister element removed. In Stefan Rieckhoff's sets and costumes, the children remain in a home setting… while their father, taken by Ludmil Kuntschew, plays the witch as an amiable, totally benevolent figure, not sinister at all, even joining them in the final joyful ensemble. When they sing that the witch is dead, you find that the production contradicts that completely. That said, it is a strong and capable performance, very well conducted and with a cast of good if not outstanding singers.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2009

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Arthaus Musik - 101322

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Live Recording from the Zurich Opera House, 1999


Alfred Muff (Peter, a broom-maker), Gabriele Lechner (Gertrud, his wife), Liliana Nikiteanu (Hänsel, his son), Malin Hartelius (Gretel, his daughter), Volker Vogel (The Witch)

The Children‘s Chorus and the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) & Frank Corsaro (director)

Set Design and Costumes by Maurice Sendak

Humperdinck‘s Hänsel und Gretel is steeped in the guileless world of folk-song: the children‘s songs and dances, the idyllic forest scenes, the supernatural material and the central thematic chorale are all rooted in German traditional music.

The conductor Franz Welser-Möst draws this impressive diversity of sound from the orchestra of the Zurich Opera House. Frank Corsaro’s production was designed by Maurice Sendak. They have worked together on numerous highly-acclaimed opera stagings, all noted for their striking visual impact.

Sendak is known worldwide for his classic children’s books. His vivid, magical and often disturbing imagery is perfect for the fairytale world of Hänsel und Gretel. He expands the Witch’s gingerbread cottage into an entire farmyard of sweetmeats, complete with windmill. The house has a life of its own, with menacing, glowing eyes, which also dominate the stage during the ‘Witch’s Ride’ interlude.

This production of Humperdinck’s endearing and musically adroit opera will entrance adults and children alike.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Defi nition (Upscale)

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 105 mins

FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik - 108135

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Sommernachtskonzert 2017

Sommernachtskonzert 2017

Summer Night Concert 2017


Dvorak:

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Za tihlou Gazelou (from Armida)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Humperdinck:

Hänsel & Gretel Overture

Rachmaninov:

Twilight, Op.21 No. 3

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op. 4 No. 4

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Berceuse from The Firebird

Finale from The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - Pas d'action

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Williams, John:

Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)


Fairytales and myths have inspired composers from time immemorial, and audiences, too, have invariably been enthralled by the unending struggle between good and evil. Central to the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2017 Summer Night Concert are German, French, Russian and Czech fairytales as well as a contemporary fantasy figure that is Anglo-Saxon in origin.

In 2017 the Summer Night Concert will again be conducted by one of the most distinguished musicians of our time. Christoph Eschenbach, who also conducted the 2014 Summer Night Concert, is in demand as a guest conductor for prominent orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Since 2010 he has been musical director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Having begun his career as a pianist, he learned conducting under George Szell and Herbert von Karajan. Since making his debut as a conductor in 1972, he has led renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Sony - 88985425959

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