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Humperdinck: Haensel und Gretel / Adrian Erod, Janina Baechle, Daniela Sindram, Ileana Tonca, Michaela Schuster, Annika Gerhards. Vienna State Opera, Christian Thielemann [Blu-ray]

Notes & Reviews:

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

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Run Time: 113 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French


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