Humperdinck, Engelbert - Hansel & Gretel - Mackerras, Charles (conductor)

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'Simply unmissable for any fans of this opera, Anglophone or not, Mackerras balances the songful and the sinister with absolute sureness. There is not a weak link in the cast, with Rebecca Evans in particular showing how her voice has bloomed in recent years. Jane Henschel is a frighteningly credible witch: she could be your smiling next-door neighbour.'


An all-star cast performs Humperdinck’s most famous opera, Hansel and Gretel, in English. It is sometimes asked whether Hansel and Gretel is really an opera for children or an opera for adults. The answer, of course, is that it is for both. Children will enjoy its straightforward songs and singing games, its rampaging comic-grotesque witch with her monstrous eating habits, and its supernatural apparitions. But then the child in us all probably enjoys this! It is a bitter-sweet fairytale of threatened innocence and vanquished evil, written with a delicious mixture of folk melodies and Wagnerian techniques. In addition, adults will probably relish Humperdinck’s rich orchestration and subtle harmony, his consistently strong melodic invention and his masterly counterpoint, and his amazing variety of mood and texture. It is an opera for everybody.

Jennifer Larmore mezzo-soprano - Hansel
Rebecca Evans soprano - Gretel
Rosalind Plowright mezzo-soprano - Gertrude
Robert Hayward baritone - Peter
Jane Henschel mezzo-soprano - The Witch
Sarah Tynan soprano - The Dew Fairy
Diana Montague mezzo soprano - The Sandman
Sarah Coppen The Cuckoo
New London Children's Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras

Hansel & Gretel
Märchenspiel (fairy tale) in three acts
Libretto by Adelheid Wette after a fairy-tale by the Brothers Grimm
English translation by David Pountney
Artikelnummer CHAN3143
Streckkod 0095115314326
Utgivningsdatum 2007-06-04
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Mackerras, Charles (conductor)
Dirigenter Mackerras, Charles
Kompositörer Humperdinck, Engelbert
Orkestrar Philharmonia Orchestra
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