Humperdinck: Königskinder

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Humperdinck: Königskinder

Humperdinck: Königskinder

Jonas Kaufmann (Der Königssohn), Isabel Rey (Die Gänsemagd), Oliver Widmer (Der Spielmann), Liliana Nikiteanu (Die Hexe), Reinhard Mayr (Der Holzhacker), Boguslaw Bidzinski (Der Besenbinder), Tomasz Slawinski (Der Wirt), Miroslav Christoff (Der Schneider)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich, Ingo Metzmacher

Tenor superstar Jonas Kaufmann leads the cast in the first-ever DVD release of the beautiful fairytale opera from the composer of Hänsel und Gretel.

The German tenor is “the fairytale prince of most opera-goers’ dreams – young, reckless, beautiful” (Financial Times), and Isabel Rey is the Goosegirl star in the acclaimed Zurich production of Humperdinck’s magical opera

Königskinder – a story of love tested beyond endurance – premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1910. Humperdinck’s setting of the modern fairytale saw him further develop the musical language of his much-loved Hänsel und Gretel. Königskinder is enjoying a revival in popularity with productions planned in several major European houses

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Decca - 0743438

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Humperdinck: Königskinder

Humperdinck: Königskinder

Daniel Behle, Amanda Majeski, Nikolay Borchev, Julia Juon, Magnus Baldvinsson, Martin Mitterrutzner & Chiara Bauml

Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra & Choir of the Frankfurt Opera, Sebastian Weigle

Oehms Classics is delighted to present a live recording from 2012 of this fascinating work, dubbed ‘the most valuable work of the post-Wagnerian period’ by critics at its 1909 premiere.

“though none of the Frankfurt performers is a household name, they are obviously a team and Sebastian Weigle, steeped in Wagner, conducts superbly.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013

“Königskinder is very much an ensemble work, and it is indeed this aspect which is the main virtue of this recording...[Amanda Majeski] sings with great beauty of tone. Daniel Behle as the King’s Son also sings with great conviction...The real heroes of this performance however are the orchestra who play with great control and sensitivity under Sebastian Weigle.” MusicWeb International, 7th November 2013

“it’s a beautiful work with some ravishing music...Weigle’s conducting is sensitive to both pacing the piece and accommodating his performers...Majeski has the most gorgeous lyric instrument, truly affecting...the supporting cast shows Frankfurt’s superb ensemble.” Opera Now ****

Oehms - OC943

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Humperdinck: Königskinder

Humperdinck: Königskinder

Jonas Kaufmann, Ofelia Sala, Detlef Roth & Nora Gubisch

Orchestra National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Armin Jordan

The recording of the first French performance of Humperdinck’s opera Königskinder (the King’s Children) was originally released in May 2006 with a splendid cast under conductor Armin Jordan, which featured a certain Jonas Kaufmann who triumphed in his role as the Prince in this fairy-tale opera. This recording stands out from other versions available in the market as a beautiful, extremely rare album which was highly praised by critics for the remarkable vocal performances of the chorus and soloists. This fine work is also considered a precious musical testament to the conductor Armin Jordan, who died in 2006.

“[stars] Kaufmann, then just beginning his meteoric superstellar career and with his voice in fabulous condition.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013

Accord - 4804088

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Humperdinck: Königskinder

Humperdinck: Königskinder

Jonas Kaufmann, Ofelia Sala, Detlef Roth, Nora Gubisch

Montpellier National Opera Orchestra, Armin Jordan

“For many Humperdinck devotees Königskinder is even more fascinating and moving an opera than the better-known Hänsel and Gretel. This new recording was made live last year in a concert performance at the Festival de Radio France at Montpellier. Its star as Jonas Kaufmann, whose passionate, fresh-voiced King's Son is easily on a par with that of Thomas Moser in Profil Hänssler's reissue...” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 ****

“While it can never match the mastery of the fairy-tale Hänsel und Gretel, this seriously neglected opera offers much fine music. The plot is over-complicated and the piece rather long but musically there is much to enjoy, not least the duets and ensembles.
This new version has the advantage of being recorded live, giving it dramatic tautness under the sympathetic direction of Armin Jordan. He draws incisive singing from the multiple choruses, not least the children's, and the excellent cast is superbly led by Jonas Kaufmann, who sings the strenuous role of the King's son with beauty and freedom.
Ofelia Sala as the Princess-Goose Girl has an attractively warm soprano with her vibrato well controlled, well contrasted with the maturesounding Witch of Nora Gubisch. As the Fiddler, Detlef Roth sings one of the most freely lyrical passages in the opera near the beginning of Act 3 – a memorably simple folklike melody – in a finely controlled pianissimo; but his more outgoing solo leading up to that finds his voice so strained and uneven one would not recognise him as the same singer. Other characters strongly taken include Mareen Knoth as the Landlord's Daughter, and the delightfully freshtoned child soloist Nelly Lawson as the Broommaker's Daughter.
The set offers a complete libretto and English translation. Against that there is the minor drawback that the number of tracks in each act – five only for Acts 1 and 3, four for Act 2 – is far too few for so complex a score. Recommended nonetheless.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“It is good to welcome a new recording of this seriously neglected opera. …it offers much fine music. …Armin Jordan… draws incisive singing from the multiple choruses, not least the children's, and the excellent cast is superbly led by Jonas Kaufmann, who sings the strenuous role of the King's son with beauty and freedom.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards 2006

Accord - 4769151

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Humperdinck: Königskinder

Humperdinck: Königskinder

Thomas Moser (Der Königssohn), Dagmar Schellenberger (Die Gänsemagd), Dietrich Henschel (Der Spielmann), Marilyn Schmiege (Die Hexe), Andreas Kohn (Der Holzhacker), Heinrich Weber (Der Besenbinder), Gabriele Weinfurter-Zwink (Sein Töchterchen), Gerald Haussler (Der Ratsälteste), Dankwart Siegele (Der Wirt)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus, Munich Boys Choir, Munich Radio Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

“Fabio Luisi's conducting is sensitive to the opera's characterisation and rises to the score's glorious mix of pathos and heightened lyricism.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2006 ***

Profil Medien - PH05017

(CD - 3 discs)


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Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Operas

Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Operas


Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

Hertha Topper (Judith), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Bluebeard)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay


Hänsel und Gretel

Elisabeth Grümmer (Hänsel), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Gretel), Else Schürnoff (Die Knusperhexe), Josef Metternich (Peter), Maria von Ilosvay (Gertrud), Anny Felbermayer (Sandmännchen/Taumännchen)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Loughton High School Choir, Bancroft's School Choir, Herbert von Karajan


Peter Anders (Der Königssohn), Käthe Möller-Siepermann (Die Gänsemagd), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Der Spielmann), Ilse Ihme-Säbich (Die Hexe), Fritz Ollendorf (Der Holzhacker)

Kolner Rundfunksinfonieorchester, Kolner Rundfunkchor, Richard Kraus


Der Mond

Rudolf Christ (Story-Teller), Hans Hotter (Petrus)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Die Kluge

Marcel Cordes (The King), Gottlob Frick (The Peasant), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (The Wise Woman)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch


La Cenerentola

Marina de Gabarain (Cenerentola), Juan Oncina (Don Ramiro), Ian Wallace (Don Magnifico), Alda Noni (Clorinda), Fernanda Cadoni (Tisbe), Sesto Bruscantini (Dandini), Hervey Alan (Alidoro)

Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Vittorio Gui

Several major composers have turned to the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm for their inspiration, and this 10-CD set includes six complete opera recordings made during the period 1952-1958 by four of them. The operas are Humperdinck’s ever-popular Hansel and Gretel, as well as his Königskinder (The King’s Children), Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella), two stage works by Carl Orff - Die Monde (The Moon) and Die Kluge (The Wise Woman) - and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.

Appearing in the set are giants of the conductor’s rostrum such as Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet, and Ferenc Fricsay as well as leading singers of the time, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Anders, Hermann Prey, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Sesto Bruscantini and Hans Hotter.

Documents - 600100

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