Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Naxos: 8110897-98

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8110897-98
(8.110897-98)

Discs:

2

Release date:

29th Nov 2004

Barcode:

0636943189726

Length:

2 hours 7 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

(complete opera)


Elisabeth Grümmer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Josef Metternich, Maria von Ilosvay, Else Schürhoff, Anny Felbermayer

Loughton High School for Girls Choir, Bancroft’s School Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Recorded 1953

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Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel

Overture

Act I Scene 1: Suse, liebe Suse, was raschelt im Stroh? (Gretel, Hansel)

Act I Scene 1: Bruderchen, komm tanz' mit mir (Dance Duet) (Gretel, Hansel)

Act I Scene 2: Holla!... Himmel! (Gertrud, Hansel, Gretel)

Act I Scene 3: Ral la la la... heissa Mutter, ich bin da! (Besenbinderlied) (Father, Mother)

Act I Scene 3: Druben hinter'm Herrenwald (Father, Mother)

Act I Scene 3: Wenn sie sich verirrten im Walde dort (Father, Mother)

Act II: Prelude (The Witch's Ride)

Act II Scene 1: Ein Mannlein steht im Walde (Gretel, Hansel)

Act II Scene 1: Kuckuck, Kuckuck, Erbelschluck! (Hansel, Gretel)

Act II Scene 1: Gretel, ich weiss nicht den Weg nicht mehr! (Hansel, Gretel)

Act II Scene 2: Der kleine Sandmann bin ich, st! (Sandman, Hansel, Gretel)

Act II Scene 2: Abends, will ich schlafen gehn (Evening Prayers) (Hansel, Gretel)

Act II Scene 3: Dream Pantomine (Orchestra)

Act III: Prelude

Act III Scene 1: Der kleine Taumann heiss' ich (Dew Fairy)

Act III Scene 1: Wo bin ich? (Gretel, Hansel)

Act III Scene 2: Bleib' stehn! (Gretel, Hansel)

Act III Scene 3: Knusper, knusper Knauschen (Witch, Hansel, Gretel)

Act III Scene 3: Ich bin Rosina Leckermaul (Witch, Hansel, Gretel)

Act III Scene 3: Nun Gretel, sei vernunftig und nett (Witch, Gretel, Hansel)

Act III Scene 3: Hurr hopp hopp hopp (Witch)

Act III Scene 3: Auf' wach' auf, mein Jungelchen (Witch, Gretel, Hansel)

Act III Scene 3: Juchhei! Nun ist die Hexe tot (Witch Waltz) (Hansel, Gretel)

Act III Scene 4: Erlost, befreit, fur alle Zeit! (Children, Gretel, Hansel, Father)

Act III Final Scene: Vater! Mutter! (Hansel, Gretel, Mother, Father, Children)

Hansel und Gretel, Act I: Suse, Liebe Suse, was raschelt im Stroh?

Hansel und Gretel, Act I: Bruderchen, komm tanz' mit mir (Dance Duet)

Hansel und Gretel, Act I: Ral la la la... heisa Mutter, ich bin da!

Scene 1: Ein Mannlein steht im Walde

Scene 2: Der kleine Sandmann bin ich, st!

Scene 2: Abends, will ich schlafen gehn (Evening Prayer)

Hansel und Gretel, Act III: Hurr hopp hopp hopp (orchestral arr.)

Hansel und Gretel, Act III: Juchhei! Nun ist die Hexe tot (Witch Waltz)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“The EMI CD transfer has opened up the mono sound, putting air round the voices and instruments, giving presence. Where the earlier transfer of this set sounded disappointingly flat, this one is brighter, clearer, fuller, with textures clarified.
The voices better defined and separated.
A full stereo recording would have been better still, but it was this recording which Walter Legge would often cite in conversation, when he mounted his curious hobby-horse, questioning the value of stereo over mono. The scene he picked on was where children hear the cuckoo in the forest: there the distancing of the cuckoocall does indeed simulate stereo atmosphere, but that's far clearer this time than last.
The performance remains a classic, with Karajan plainly in love with the music, and the two principals singing immaculately. This isn't for those who resist the child-voice inflexion of Schwarzkopf and Grümmer, but everyone else will register the mastery in singing and acting.
The thinness of Anny Felbermayer's voice as the Sandman is an unwelcome contrast, but this is otherwise a satisfyingly Germanic team.”

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