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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel / Hartelius, Nikiteanu, Welser-Möst

Humperdinck / Hartelius / Welser-most / Nikiteanu
Release Date: 05/30/2006 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 2940  
Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Alfred MuffMalin HarteliusGabriele LechnerLiliana Nikiteanu,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Running Time: 105 minutes
Region Code: 1
Picture Format: NTSC
Audio: Dolby 2.0
Color: Color

Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck

Humperdinck’s first and most successful opera began life as a commission from his sister Adelheid Wette, who asked him to write music for a children’s play she had adapted from the Brothers Grimm tale, Hänsel und Gretel. Humperdinck initially provided his sister with just four songs, but was soon convinced of the fable’s operatic potential and, three years later, came up with a work that Richard Strauss described as “a masterpiece of the
Read more highest quality…all of it original, new and so authentically German.” Strauss was not alone in seeing Hänsel und Gretel as the salvation of German opera, bringing relief from the murky Wagnerian depths of Teutonic myth and initiating a return to the shimmering world of the fairy-tale.
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Works on This Recording

Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Alfred Muff (Bass), Malin Hartelius (Soprano), Gabriele Lechner (Soprano),
Liliana Nikiteanu (Soprano), Volker Vogel (Tenor), Martina Jankova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 

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