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Humperdinck: Fairy-tale Music / Rickenbacher

Humperdinck / Bamberger Symphoniker / Rickenbacher
Release Date: 08/10/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 28584   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Engelbert Humperdinck's reputation is so closely tied to Hänsel und Gretel that it's easy to forget he had a long and productive career and considerable popular success writing other things. His output was not limited to fairy tale subjects but they were prominent among his works. This disc brings together excerpts from four of them, the operas Hänsel und Gretel, Königskinder (which he considered his crowning achievement and which had a triumphant premiere at the Metropolitan Opera), and Dornröschen, and incidental music for Maeterlinck's Der blaue Vogel. All of the pieces highlight Humperdinck's gift for using the grandly dramatic language of Wagner in the service of material derived from children's literature, as well Read more as his extraordinary ear for orchestration. This is music of heft and substance, but it is handled with a light touch reminiscent of Mendelssohn. The three excerpts from Königskinder are especially attractive, and show Wagner's influence even more explicitly than Hänsel. They share a musical and spiritual kinship with Die Meistersinger and make an appealing concert suite that deserves to have more currency. Also especially lovely is the atmospheric and supple Prelude to Dornröschen, which opens with a nod to Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Bamberger Symphoniker, led by Karl Anton Rickenbacher, plays with great energy and a warm, robust tone, and except for an occasional intonation issue, delivers satisfying performances. Virgin Classics' sound is full and nicely present. This is an album that should be of interest to fans of late Romantic orchestral music who are on the lookout for little known gems.

-- Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hänsel und Gretel: Overture by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Der blaue Vogel: Prelude "Der Weihnachtstraum" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Königskinder: Overture by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Der blaue Vogel: Sternenreigen by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Königskinder: Act 2 - Introduction "Feast of Hella and Children's Roundelay" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
Königskinder: Act 3 - Introduction "Dead and Gone" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Dornröschen: Prelude by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Dornröschen: Ballade by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9.
Dornröschen: Wanderings by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
10.
Dornröschen: Castle of thorns by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
11.
Dornröschen: Festive music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Kulturraum, Bamberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Hänsel und Gretel: Prelude
Der Blaue Vogel: Vorspiel: Der Weinachstraum
Der Blaue Vogel: Sternenreigen
Königskinder - Konzertouvertüre
Die Königskinder: Einleitung zum 2.Akt: 'Hellafest, Kinderreigen'
Die Königskinder: Einleitung zum 3.Akt: 'Verdorben-Gestorben' - 'Spielmanns letzter Gesang'
Dornröschen: Introduction
Dornröschen: Ballade
Dornröschen: Irrfahrten
Dornröschen: Das Dornenschloss
Dornröschen: Festklänge

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