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Hänsel und Gretel (2 CD) - Grümmer, Schwarzkopf

Item# 1000000797

Hänsel und Gretel(2 CD)
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Release Date: 1999
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

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

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra

Choir of Loughton High School for Girls
Choir of Bancroft's School

Label: EMI Classics


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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