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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel / Ingeborg Springer, Renate Hoff, Theo Adam, Gisela Schroter, Peter Schreier, Renate Krahmer. Otmas Suitner

Audio Samples

  1. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel: Prelude to Act I $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 1: Suse, liebe Suse (Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 1: So recht! (Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 1: Brüderchen, komm, tanz mit mir (Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 2: Holla! Himmel! Die Mutter! (Gertrud/Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 2: Marsch! Fort in den Wald! (Gertrud) $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 3: Ral-La-La-La, ral-la-la-la (Peter/Gertrud) $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 3: Doch halt, wo bleiben die Kinder? (Peter/Gertrud) $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act I, Scene 3: Wenn sie sich verirrten (Peter/Gertrud) $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act II, Scene 1: Ein Männlein steht im Walde (Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act II, Scene 1: Juchhe! Mein Erbelkörbchen ist voll bis oben! (Hänsel/Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act II, Scene 1: Kuckuck, Kuckuck, Eierschluck! (Hänsel/Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act II, Scene 1: Gretel, ich weiß den Weg nicht mehr! (Hänsel/Gretel/Voices) $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act II, Scene 2: Der kleine Sandmann bin ich, st! (Sandmännchen/Hänsel/Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act II, Scene 2: Abends will ich schlafen gehn (Hänsel/Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act II, Scene 3: Dream Pantomime $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel: Prelude to Act III $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 2: Bleib stehn! Bleib stehn! (Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 2: Alles bleibt still (Hänsel/Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 2: Knusper, knusper Knäuschen (Die Knusperhexe/Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 3: Ich bin Rosina Leckermaul (Die Knusperhexe/Hänsel/Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 3: Halt! Hokuspokus, Hexenschuß! (Die Knusperhexe) $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 3: Nun, Gretel, sei vernünftig und nett (Die Knusperhexe/Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 3: Hurr hopp hopp hopp (Die Knusperhexe) $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 3: Auf! Wach auf, mein Jüngelchen (Die Knusperhexe/Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 3: Juchhei! Nun ist die Hexe tot (Hänsel/Gretel) $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 4: Erlöst, befreit, für alle Zeit! (Gingerbread children/Gretel/Hänsel) $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Humperdinck — Hänsel und Gretel, Act III, Scene 4: Ei, da sind sie ja! Vater! Mutter! (Peter/Hänsel/Gretel/Gertrud) $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

When Engelbert Humperdinck's sister Adelheid turned the Grimm brothers' fairytale of Hänsel und Gretel into a short libretto for her children, she asked her composer-brother to set the words to music. The resulting performance in their family home delighted Humperdinck's two young nieces and this domestic success soon became a fully-fledged opera destined for the international stage. The imaginative score expertly encapsulates the life of children, from exuberant dances and witty exchanges to the sweet solemnity of the Evening Prayer. Their journey into the forest is wonderfully captured in the music; as they move further into the ever-threatening woods, the music becomes increasingly opaque, mirroring the darkening of the trees. When the sandman appears, the sinister theme that had heralded his arrival is interrupted, as his harmlessness is revealed, and he leads the children into a peaceful sleep. The menacing theme returns with the arrival of the wicked gingerbread witch; only when the children succeed in stuffing her into her own oven do the exuberant dance-like patterns re-emerge, as Hänsel and Gretel joyfully celebrate their triumph along with the children brought back to life by the broken spell. Despite its apparent simplicity, Humperdinck's opera contains a wealth of themes, with a score remarkable for its range of colours and textures, clearly inspired by Wagner. However, these complexities do not overpower the opera: the music retains its fairy-tale charm. This production features celebrated German sopranos Ingeborg Springer and Renate Hoff as the two young children, expertly supported by operatic greats Theo Adam, Gisela Schröter and Peter Schreier. Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hänsel und Gretel has remained a firm favourite in opera houses around the world. A skilful blend of Weber's Der Freischütz, Wagner's Meistersinger and Siegfried, it weaves a magical spell upon the listener. Conjuring up all the childhood fears of what lives in deep in the forest, and things that go bump in the night (this is after all based on a Grimm Brothers tale!), Humperdinck's magical score is full of wonderful tunes. A welcome back to this famous recording from the vaults of Berlin Classics, with the great Ingeborg Springer and Renate Hoff, and a splendid role for Peter Schreier as Die Knusperhexe. An opera based on a children's tale, but by no means childish! The inherent horror of the tale is painted in Wagnerian colours and the dramatic tension is spine-tingling! Recorded in Germany in 1969. Contains extensive notes on the opera in English and German.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany (1969).



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>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
  • Conductor: Otmar Suitner
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Running Time: 59 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893