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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- 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.
- Format: Compact Disc
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- Label: Virgin
- UPC: 724356112827