Humperdinck - Hansel und Gretel
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Cat No: PTC5186605
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 6th October 2017
Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden
The fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel is a perfect choice as the first opera for parents and children to enjoy. Humperdinck’s magical music: poetically childlike and powerfully dramatic. In the score, Humperdinck’s close connection to Richard Wagner is always discernible. The composition oscillates between childlike simplicity and adult monumentality.
To this day, Hansel and Gretel remains one of the most popular pieces in the German opera repertoire. Who better than Marek Janowski here as conductor? He has also given benchmark-setting interpretations of these works in both the major concert halls and the most important opera-houses. At the head of “his” Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin – which he previously led for 14 years, raising it to an outstanding level of playing – he takes the listeners into the forest-bird sound-world of this fairy-tale opera, at all times accompanied by a well-coordinated ensemble of singers.
Manuel Brug wrote in Klassiker Welt-Blog: “Coming from the Wagner camp are Albert Dohmen (Peter) and Ricarda Merbeth (Gertrud), who pulled out all vocal stops in a highly dramatic and parodic manner. Tenor Christian Elsner was terrific as the wicked witch. The lyrical ladies’ quartet (Katrin Wundsam as Hansel, Alexandra Steiner as Gretel, Annika Gerhards and Alexandra Hutton as the Sandman and, respectively, the Dew Fairy) sang in sweetly beautiful voice, in accordance with their roles.”
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