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Humperdinck: Hansel And Gretel / Delfs, Mentzer, Et Al

Release Date: 01/11/2005 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 50   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Anna ChristyJanice TaylorRobert OrthJudith Forst,   ... 
Conductor:  Andreas Delfs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milwaukee Symphony OrchestraMilwaukee Symphony ChorusMilwaukee Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"If it's Hansel-in-English you're looking for, this set clearly is your choice...Here we get a lovely pair of kids in Suzanne Mentzer and Heidi Grant Murphy, their voices so utterly un-alike that the listening experience is vivid for that alone--but besides that, their interplay is credible and they both make wonderful sounds. Mentzer's dark-hued mezzo is suitably boyish, while Murphy's little-girl tone is charming. Judith Forst, hardly in the first bloom of her career, is a vicious Witch, smacking her lips and exuding spite and malice--and her diction is quite good too, unlike Murphy's, just to offer one comparison. Janice Taylor's portrayal of the mother is very fine, but her tone is wobbly; Robert Orth is a sympathetic, burly father; and Read more Anna Christy's double-duty as Sandman and Dew Fairy is impressive. Conductor Andreas Delfs favors slowish tempos, bringing out the rich, symphonic aspects of the score and always making clear that Humperdinck was heavily influenced by Wagner. The Milwaukee Orchestra is excellent, with playing both atmospheric and grand from the brass section in this live performance (no audience is discernible). I guess it's nice to hear the opera in English even if much of it can't be understood, but--not to pick nits--why would a child say "toil" when he can say "work"? The sound is better than good--rich and colorful." --Robert Levine, Read less

Works on This Recording

Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Anna Christy (Soprano), Janice Taylor (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Orth (Baritone),
Judith Forst (Mezzo Soprano), Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano), Heidi Grant Murphy (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andreas Delfs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,  Milwaukee Symphony Chorus,  Milwaukee Children's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Act 1: Prelude To Act One - Orchestra
Act 1: Scene One:
Act 1
Act 1
Act 1: Scene Two:
Act 1
Act 1: Scene Three:
Act 1
Act 1
Act 1
Act 1
Act 2: Prelude to Act Two / The Witch's Ride - Orchestra
Act 2: Scene One:
Act 2
Act 2
Act 2: Scene Two:
Act 2: Evening Prayer
Act 2: Scene Three: Dream Pantomime - Orchestra
Act 3: Prelude to Act Three - Orchestra
Act 3: Scene One: "I bring the dews of morning" - Dew Fairy
Act 3: "Where am I?" - Gretel / Hansel
Act 3: Scene Two: "Take Care, take care!" - Gretel / Hansel
Act 3: "The scent is delicious" - Hansel / Gretel
Act 3: Scene Three: "Nibble, Nibble mousekin" - Witch / Hansel / Gretel
Act 3: "My name's Rosina Sugar-face" - Witch / Hansel / Gretel
Act 3: "Stay! Hocus, pocus Witches' spell" - Witch
Act 3: "Now Gretel, don't be stupid and pine" - Witch / Hansel / Gretel
Act 3: "Come hop, hop hop!" - Witch
Act 3: "Come, wake up and stir yourself" - Witch / Hansel / Gretel
Act 3: Witches' Waltz: "Hurrah! We've caught the Witch" - Hansel / Gretel
Act 3: Scene Four: "We're safe, we're sure" - Children / Hansel / Gretel
Act 3: Finale: "Father, Mother!" - Hansel / Gretel / Mother / Father / Children

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