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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3 (Live)


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Is it possible to administer at too early an age the intoxicating and gloriously sweet poison of opera, especially in an era of constant muzak? The clear answer is “No!”. In a splendidly moving new recording of Engelbert Humperdinck’s one-hit wonder Hansel and Gretel, Maestro Marek Janowski now introduces the perfect “gateway drug” to opera. The fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel is a perfect choice as the first joint trip to the opera for parents and children to enjoy. The story of the two children who lose their way in the forest and are ensnared by the evil witch is well-known. The plot reflects the age-old conflict between good and evil, and has a happy ending. Add to this Humperdinck’s magical music: poetically childlike and powerfully dramatic at the same time. 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. One of the main reasons for this is certainly the seriousness with which Humperdinck approached the simple story. All emotions are truly felt: and this is obvious not only to a child, but also to any adult who has retained a childlike view of the world. Who better than Marek Janowski here as conductor? Not only does he clearly feel completely at home in this late-Romantic German repertoire, he has also already 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.
Facts
Item number PTC5186605
Barcode 827949060564
Release date 10/20/2017
Category Opera
Label PENTATONE MUSIC
Media type SACD
Number of units 2
Performers
Classical Artist Wundsam, Katrin
Steiner, Alexandra
Merbeth, Ricarda
Dohmen, Albert
Elsner, Christian
Gerhards, Annika
Hutton, Alexandra
Conductor Janowski, Marek
Orchestra Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Disc: 1
Hänsel und Gretel01:39:00
1 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Vorspiel (Liv 00:08:11 Janowski, Marek Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
2 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Suse, liebe S 00:03:08 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
3 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: So recht! Und 00:01:58 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
4 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Brüderchen, k 00:03:29 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
5 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Holla!... Him 00:01:38 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Merbeth, Ricarda Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
6 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Marsch! Fort 00:02:02 Janowski, Marek Merbeth, Ricarda Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
7 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Rallalala, ra 00:02:24 Janowski, Marek Dohmen, Albert Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
8 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Hoho! Wer spe 00:04:01 Janowski, Marek Merbeth, Ricarda Dohmen, Albert Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
9 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Doch halt, wo 00:01:38 Janowski, Marek Merbeth, Ricarda Dohmen, Albert Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
10 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Wenn sie sich 00:01:14 Janowski, Marek Merbeth, Ricarda Dohmen, Albert Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
11 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act I: Eine Hex’, st 00:02:23 Janowski, Marek Merbeth, Ricarda Dohmen, Albert Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
12 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act II: Der Hexenrit 00:03:53 Janowski, Marek Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
13 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act II: Ein Männlein 00:01:38 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
14 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act II: Mein Erbelkö 00:04:25 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
15 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act II: Gretel, ich 00:03:29 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
16 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act II: Der kleine S 00:02:48 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Gerhards, Annika Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
17 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act II: Abends, will 00:03:05 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
18 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act II: Traumpantomi 00:04:51 Janowski, Marek Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Disc: 2
Hänsel und Gretel01:39:00
1 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Vorspiel (L 00:02:19 Janowski, Marek Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
2 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Der kleine 00:01:29 Janowski, Marek Hutton, Alexandra Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
3 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Wo bin ich? 00:04:38 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
4 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Bleib steh’ 00:00:35 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
5 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Wie duftet’ 00:03:23 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
6 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Knusper, kn 00:03:10 Elsner, Christian Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
7 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Ich bin Ros 00:03:47 Elsner, Christian Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
8 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Halt!... Ho 00:01:17 Elsner, Christian Janowski, Marek Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
9 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Nun Gretel, 00:04:44 Elsner, Christian Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
10 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Hurr hopp h 00:01:21 Elsner, Christian Janowski, Marek Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
11 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Auf, wach a 00:03:34 Elsner, Christian Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
12 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Juchhei! Nu 00:02:29 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
13 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Erlöst, bef 00:03:47 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Dohmen, Albert Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden
14 Hänsel und Gretel, EHWV 93.3, Act III: Vater! Mutt 00:02:05 Janowski, Marek Steiner, Alexandra Merbeth, Ricarda Dohmen, Albert Wundsam, Katrin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden
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