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NA201212 - ANDERSEN: Fairy Tales
English 

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES

The Emperor’s New Clothes • The Tinder Box • The Traveling Companions

The Ugly Duckling • The Little Match Girl • The Swineherd • Big Claus and Little Claus

 

As a child, Hans Christian Andersen had the kind of impoverished background that we find in so many of his stories. Born in 1805 in Odense, Denmark, he was the son of a shoemaker. His father’s death when he was nine forced him to curtail his education. He worked in a factory while going to school, but was drawn to the stage from an early age. While still a teenager, he ran away to Copenhagen where he joined a theater as an odd-job boy, hoping that he would become an actor. He was singled out for special support by one of the directors of the theater and went back to school and eventually, in 1928, to the University of Copenhagen.

 

He began writing novels and plays with varied success. But it was with his fairy tales that he was to make his name. The first collection, Tales Told for Children, was published in 1835, and included Big Claus and Little Claus and The Tinder Box. Other collections (one titled A Picture Book Without Pictures) appeared in the following years as their popularity grew and Andersen himself became more confident in the genre.

 

Their appeal lay in his particular ability to tell a story, which, while it may have a strong element of fantasy, always showed its characters responding with real human feelings. This, in conjunction with his use of colloquial language, created a reality that was missing in the established formal traditions of storytelling for children. Many of the stories had a sad or poignant element — reflecting Andersen’s own sad life as a child. He himself always felt an outcast.

He was a prolific writer — other works include travel books, poems and a number of autobiographies. However, he will always be principally remembered for his fairy tales, which have appealed to successive generations since his death in Copenhagen in 1875.

 

Notes by Nicolas Soames

 

The Music

 

The music on this cassette is taken from the NAXOS catalog

 

TCHAIKOVSKY NUTCRACKER/SWAN LAKE    8.550050      

     Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Michael Halasz

 

THE BEST OF FRENCH BALLET/DELIBES COPPELIA/ SYLVIA/

LA SOURCE/LE ROI S’AMUSE/KASSYA 8.550080      

     CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Ondrej Lenárd

 

RIMSKY KORSAKOV SUITE “THE SNOW MAIDEN”     8.550486      

     CSR Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos

 

TCHAIKOVSKY THE SNOW MAIDEN      8.553856      

     Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Igor Golovchin

 

ADAM GISELLE; WEBER INVITATION TO THE DANCE

FAUST GOUNOD; DELIBES LAKMÉ       8.550081      

     CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Ondrej Lenárd

 

 

 

Erica Johns

Erica Johns trained in singing and drama at the Guildhall School of Music. After an early career in opera she concentrated on

theater and musicals. Following a break of 15 years to raise a family, she returned to an active stage career, performing and touring in a range of work, from Oliver and The Sound of Music to The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

 

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