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Humperdinck: Königskinder

Helen Donath/Adolf Dallapozza/Hermann Prey/Hanna Schwarz/Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Heinz Wallberg/Tölzer Knabenchor
3 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

£19.29 (VAT included if applicable)
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1:36
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6:36
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  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 1989 EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG
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  • Total Length: 2:32:29
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  • ASIN: B001J2COE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,147 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2013
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The best thing about this 1976 recording is the slim, vibrant voice of American soprano Helen Donath. She spent the best part of her career in Germany and sings beautifully enunciated German in a pure, innocent voice ideally suited to the Goose Girl. I recall Renee Fleming reminiscing about how as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany she had been inspired by hearing Donath in "Capriccio"; Donath's gleaming tone and innate musicality are much are evidence here. The direction and playing are also very good: The Munich Rundfunkorchester under Heinz Wallberg produce a warm, fleet sound with lots of lovely woodwind solos and a rich sheen on the strings.

Alfred Dallapozza is a bit windy as the Prince but perfectly acceptable; Hermann Prey adds a touch of elegance as the Minstrel. His and plenty of other names in the cast are those of well-known singers from the 70's whose voices are instantly recognisable and whose quality has hardly been replicated today: Karl Ridderbusch, Hanna Schwarz, Ortrun Wenkel and Gerhard Unger are the most prominent.

The music is the product of a re-write of what was originally incidental music for a play, written six years after the immortal "Hänsel und Gretel" then reworked for a first performance in 1910 at the Metropolitan Opera, starring Geraldine Farrar complete with a flock of geese she specially trained herself for the production. It is not as uniformly inspired as its famous predecessor and has a few longueurs but also many passages which are really charming and often very inventively and densely orchestrated. Echoes of Humperdinck's most famous opera are many and we are often reminded of his admiration for Wagner. The plot is rather heavy-going with too many elements and fanciful devices in it but it doesn't matter very much; I tend to let it wash over me and enjoy the melodic fluency of Humperdinck's invention.

This comes with a full bilingual libretto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Humperdinck's other opera 14 Jun. 2013
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The best thing about this 1976 recording is the slim, vibrant voice of American soprano Helen Donath. She spent the best part of her career in Germany and sings beautifully enunciated German in a pure, innocent voice ideally suited to the Goose Girl. I recall Renee Fleming reminiscing about how as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany she had been inspired by hearing Donath in "Capriccio"; Donath's gleaming tone and innate musicality are much are evidence here. The direction and playing are also very good: The Munich Rundfunkorchester under Heinz Wallberg produce a warm, fleet sound with lots of lovely woodwind solos and a rich sheen on the strings.

Alfred Dallapozza is a bit windy as the Prince but perfectly acceptable; Hermann Prey adds a touch of elegance as the Minstrel. His and plenty of other names in the cast are those of well-known singers from the 70's whose voices are instantly recognisable and whose quality has hardly been replicated today: Karl Ridderbusch, Hanna Schwarz, Ortrun Wenkel and Gerhard Unger are the most prominent.

The music is the product of a re-write of what was originally incidental music for a play, written six years after the immortal "Hänsel und Gretel" then reworked for a first performance in 1910 at the Metropolitan Opera, starring Geraldine Farrar complete with a flock of geese she specially trained herself for the production. It is not as uniformly inspired as its famous predecessor and has a few longueurs but also many passages which are really charming and often very inventively and densely orchestrated. Echoes of Humperdinck's most famous opera are many and we are often reminded of his admiration for Wagner. The plot is rather heavy-going with too many elements and fanciful devices in it but it doesn't matter very much; I tend to let it wash over me and enjoy the melodic fluency of Humperdinck's invention.

This comes with a full bilingual libretto.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best recording of this beautiful opera 10 Mar. 2011
By Gustav Mahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Around a decade or so ago I was fortunate enough to see a performance of this opera in Sarasota and have been a fan of it ever since. This recording is EASILY the best available. I believe it's out of print, so snatch it up quick.

Be prepared for a rather tragic but beautifully told tale.
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