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Saturday, December 28, 2013 Permalink

At The Opera, Humperdink: Hansel and Gretel and Highlights from J. Strauss Jr. Die Fledermaus, December 28, 2013

  

Hansel and Gretel is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck's sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the "Abendsegen" ("Evening Prayer") from act 2.

The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on "Hansel and Gretel". After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera.

Humperdinck composed Hansel and Gretel in Frankfurt in 1891 and 1892. The opera was first performed in Weimar on December 23, 1893 and was conducted by Richard Strauss. It has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances and today it is still most often performed at Christmas time. This 1990 recording stars Anne-Sofie von Otter and Barbara Bonney. Jeffrey Tate conducts.

 

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel BUY Bayerischen Rundfunks; Jeffrey Tate, conductor Anne-Sofie von Otter / Barbara Bonney
10:00pm
10:07pm
Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture and Act 2 BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Andre Previn, conductor
Philips 90239891-2
10:55pm
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro BUY London
London/Decca 4758366
10:57pm
Giuseppi Verdi: NABUCCO: Chorus of the Hebrew slaves BUY Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Lamberto Gardelli, conductor Vienna State Opera Chorus [Also:"Wiener Staatsopernchor"]
London/Decca 4758366
11:00pm
11:02pm
G.F. Handel: Rodelinda - Dove sei (Art thou troubled) BUY Vienna Cantata; Henry Lewis, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
11:09pm
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Donizetti
London/Decca 4758366
11:14pm
Leo Delibes: Lakme opera: Bell Song BUY London Philharmonic; Richard Boynage, conductor Joan Sutherland
London/Decca 4758366
11:22pm
Franco Corelli: Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle BUY Franco Corelli
London/Decca 4758366
11:25pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Easter Hymn BUY National Philharmonic; Giandrea Gavazenni, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
11:30pm
James King: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prize Song: Morgenlich leuchtend BUY James King
London/Decca 4758366
11:34pm
Richard Wagner: Tannhauser, opera, WWV 70: Pilgrim's Chorus: Begluckt darf nun dich BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]
London/Decca 4758366
11:39pm
Dvorak: Rusalka: O silver moon BUY Accademia di Santa Cecilia; Giuseppe Patane, conductor Pilar Lorengar
London/Decca 4758366
11:46pm
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel! BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Gluck
London/Decca 4758366
11:50pm
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts: Ratcliff's Dream BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Mascagni
Naxos 8550240
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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