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Haensel und Gretel (Blu-ray)

Item# 880242729842

Haensel und Gretel (Blu-ray)
Label: EUO/EuroArts Music International
Release Date: 09/30/16

Magical Orchestra sound created by Christian Thielemann, with an exceptionally strong cast The secret of the lasting success of Haensel und Gretel lies not only in the delicious thrills and spills of the familiar story but also in its magical musical mix of memorable folksong-inspired melodies and wonderful rich and colorful orchestration In bringing the work back to the Wiener Staatsoper, German conductor Christan Thielemann particulary emphazises the musical echoes of Richard Wagner’s works in Humperdinck’s score. Booklet contains extensive interviews with conductor Christian Thielemann and stage director Adrian Noble “Thielemann polished all these moments with refinement and subtlety, inspiring the Staatsopernorchester to play with energy, engagement and transparence.” (Opera Magazine) Engelbert Humperdinck: Haensel und Gretel, Fairy-tale Opera in three acts to a libretto by Adelheid Wette Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper · Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper · Christian Thielemann Stage Director: Adrian Noble · Set and Costume Designer: Anthony Ward With: Adrian Eroed, Janina Baechle, Daniela Sindram, Ileana Tonca, Michaela Schuster, Annika Gerhards Live from the Wiener Staatsoper, November 2015, directed by Agnes Meth

Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

Hänsel und Gretel, inspired by the Grimm fairly tale of the same name, premiered at Weimar’s Court Theater in 1893. Humperdinck had originally been asked by his sister to provide a few songs to a children’s play but grew so fond of the story that he expanded it into a full-length opera. The Met’s English-language version returns this season as the holiday presentation for families.




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