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Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel / Frank, Kuntschew, Petersamer [DVD]

Album Summary

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hansel und Gretel
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'Hansel und Gretel' has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances, and it is often performed at Christmas time. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the prayer from act II. A family classic, it grew out of a set of incidental music and, written between 1890 and 1893, it was first performed on 23 December 1893 under Richard Strauss in Weimar.

"Johannes Felsenstein's production of this favourite fairy-tale opera presents it with every sinister element removed. In Stefan Rieckhoff's sets and costumes, the children remain in a home setting... while their father, taken by Ludmil Kuntschew, plays the witch as an amiable, totally benevolent figure, not sinister at all, even joining them in the final joyful ensemble. When they sing that the witch is dead, you find that the production contradicts that completely. That said, it is a strong and capable performance, very well conducted and with a cast of good if not outstanding singers." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 98 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
  • Performers: Viktorija Kaminskaite (Soprano); Ludmil Kuntschew (Baritone); Ludmil Kuntschew (Mezzo Soprano); Cornelia Marschall (Soprano); Sabine Noack (Mezzo Soprano); Alexandra Petersamer (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Markus Frank
  • Ensemble: Anhaltische Philharmonic Orchestra, Dessau
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live