HUMPERDINCK Hansel und Gretel. Alice Coote, Lydia Teuscher, Irmgard Vilsmaier, William Dazeley, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Tara Erraught, Ida Falk Winland, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati. Glyndebourne 2cds

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Humperdinck Hansel Und Gretel Alice Orchestra Robin Ticciati Glyndebourne 2Cds

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK (1854–1921)

Hänsel und Gretel

Hänsel Alice Coote - mezzo-soprano

Gretel Lydia Teuscher - mezzo-soprano

Mother Irmgard Vilsmaier - soprano

Father William Dazeley - baritone

Witch Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke - tenor

Sandman Tara Erraught - mezzo-soprano

Dew Fairy Ida Falk Winland - soprano

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati

First conducted in Weimar in 1893 by Richard Strauss Hänsel und Gretel had immediate worldwide success, the Hamburg premiere in 1894 conducted by Gustav Mahler. In its first year, over 50 German theatres staged a production and it has been translated into over 20 languages. In the UK it was the first complete opera to ever be broadcast from Covent Garden back in 1923, and was a staple in the opera repertory until the 1950s where it fell into a black hole. Here Hänsel und Gretel remained until Glyndebourne’s new production in 2008. This recording comes from the re-staging in 2010.

This recording boasts a fine cast, with Alice Coote a seasoned Hänsel having also performed in the role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lydia Teuscher making a notable UK debut as Gretel with Wolfgang Ablinger- Sperrhacke’s beautiful portrayal of the Witch stealing the show. Robin Ticciati’s Glyndebourne’s new Artistic Director from 2013, clearly loves the piece, his conducting is nothing

short of wonderful, with the performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra a real highlight on this recording.

‘Robin Ticciati’s conducting of the London Philharmonic was nothing less than stupendous, equally attuned to the score’s folkish innocence and its Wagnerian grandeur.’ The Telegraph, July 2010

‘Hänsel is mezzo Alice Coote, whose exhaustingly boyish stage business and distinctive vocal timbre (she sounds something like a hollowed- out Janet Baker) is well-suited to a role..’ The Stage, July 2010

‘Robin Ticciati’s thrilling account for this, confirms the score’s seriousness and sophistication... the evening’s great triumph comes from the orchestra pit..’ Financial Times, July 2010

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