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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

Hänsel und Gretel
Originally conceived as a small-scale vocal entertainment for children, Hansel and Gretel resonates with both adults and children, and has become one of the most successful fairy-tale operas ever created. The composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, was a protégé of Richard Wagner, and the opera’s score is flavored with the sophisticated musical lessons he learned from his idol while maintaining a charm and a light touch that were entirely Humperdinck’s own. The opera acknowledges the darker features present in the Brothers Grimm version of the familiar folk tale, yet presents them within a frame of grace and humor. Premiere: Weimar, Court Theater, 1893.

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854–1921)

The opera’s three acts move from Hansel and Gretel’s home to the dark forest to the Witch’s gingerbread house deep in the forest. Put another way, the drama moves from the real, through the obscure, and into the unreal and fantastical. In this production, which takes the idea of food as its dramatic focus, each act is set in a different kind of kitchen, informed by a different theatrical style: a D.H. Lawrence-inspired setting in the first, a German Expressionist one in the second, and a Theater of the Absurd mood in the third.




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