Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel

Humperdinck: Hansel And Gretel


Hansel und Gretel has probably been performed and recorded in English translation more than any other foreign language opera, due at least in part to widespread efforts to market it as a "starter" opera for children, and therefore make it as user-friendly as possible. Chandos' admirable Opera in English series has produced many landmark English language recordings, including works like Lulu and The Makropulos Case, but with so many fine translated versions of Hansel and Gretel available, this might seem to be the one opera that needn't be tackled. Several things, though, make it a valuable addition to the catalog. Not least is the excellent new translation by David Pountney. It's less literal than traditional versions, but it's clever and poetic, and hearing the opera begin with a verse other than "Susie, little Susie, pray what is the news" is hugely refreshing. Charles Mackerras' conducting captures the score's broad romantic sweep, but he doesn't quite pull off the difficult trick of making the...

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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115314326
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Track listings

  • 1. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Overture
  • 2. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. Goosey Goosey Gander, The Mouse In The Straw
  • 3. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. Down With The Dumps, Out With The Grumps
  • 4. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. Little Brother Dance With Me
  • 5. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. Hansel!
  • 6. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. My Jug All In Bits
  • 7. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. Ral La La La, Ral La La La, Light The Fire
  • 8. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. But Wait, Say Where Are The Children?
  • 9. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 1. But There's One, A Crone, Who Lives Alone
  • 10. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Prelude To Act 2. The Witches' Ride
  • 11. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 2. A Dwarf Stood In The Forest
  • 12. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 2. Cuckoo, Cuckoo
  • 13. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 2. Gretel, I Think We've Lost The Way
  • 14. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 2. I Am The Little Sandman
  • 15. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 2. Where Each Child Lays Down Its Head
  • 16. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 2. Pantomime
  • 1. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. [Introduction]
  • 2. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. When Dew Drops On The Daisy
  • 3. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. I Slept Here? On A Pine Tree Bed!
  • 4. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Keep Still! No Sound!
  • 5. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Greedy Little Mousey, Who's Nibbling At My Housey?
  • 6. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Hansel, Don't Be So Greedy
  • 7. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Stop! Hocus Pocus, Witch's Ground
  • 8. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Now Gretel, You're The Sensible One
  • 9. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. So Hopp Hopp Hopp, Galopp Lopp Lopp
  • 10. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Now Wake Up, It's Time To Eat
  • 11. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Hoorah! Now That The Witch Is Dead
  • 12. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. The Dead Arise, But Cannot See
  • 13. H„Nsel Und Gretel, Opera: Act 3. Father! Mother!
 
HPB condition ratings
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • 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.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • 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.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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