Humperdinck: Fairy-Tale Music

Humperdinck: Fairy Tale Music


Engelbert Humperdinck's reputation is so closely tied to H?nsel 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 H?nsel und Gretel, K?nigskinder (which he considered his crowning achievement and which had a triumphant premiere at the Metropolitan Opera), and Dornr?schen, 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 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 K?nigskinder are especially attractive, and show Wagner's influence even more explicitly than H?nsel. They share a...

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  • Label: Virgin
  • UPC: 724356112827
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Track listings

  • 1. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Overture
  • 2. Der Blaue Vogel, Incidental Music: Prelude 'the Christmas Dream'
  • 3. Der Blaue Vogel, Incidental Music: Star Dance
  • 4. K”Nigskinder, Opera: Concert Overture
  • 5. K”Nigskinder, Opera: Introduction To Act 2 'feast Of Hella And Children's Roundelay
  • 6. K”Nigskinder, Opera: Introduction To Act 3 'dead And Gone' 'minstrel's Last Song'
  • 7. Dornr”Schen (Sleeping Beauty), 5 Tone Pictures From The Opera: I. Prelude
  • 8. Dornr”Schen (Sleeping Beauty), 5 Tone Pictures From The Opera: Ii. Ballad
  • 9. Dornr”Schen (Sleeping Beauty), 5 Tone Pictures From The Opera: Iii. Wanderings
  • 10. Dornr”Schen (Sleeping Beauty), 5 Tone Pictures From The Opera: Iv. Castle Of Thorns
  • 11. Dornr”Schen (Sleeping Beauty), 5 Tone Pictures From The Opera: V. Festive Music
 
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
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  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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