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ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK  

(1854 - 1921)

Humperdinck is generally known for his fairytale opera Hänsel und Gretel, a Christmas favourite, first staged in Weimar in 1893. His career brought early contact with Wagner and subsequently with his family as music tutor to Siegfried Wagner, the composer’s son. He held various teaching positions of some distinction and enjoyed a fruitful collaboration in the theatre with Max Reinhardt, providing incidental music for a number of Shakespearean productions in Berlin.

Stage Works

Although Hänsel und Gretel remains the best known of Humperdinck’s operas, recent revivals abroad of Die Königskinder (‘The King’s Children’), another fairytale opera, suggest a renewal of popularity in this work. Yet another fairytale opera, Dornröschen (‘Sleeping Beauty’), was first staged in 1902. Die Marketenderin (‘The Canteen Woman’) was completed in 1913. He also wrote incidental music for the theatre, including music for Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale.

Vocal Music

Humperdinck’s other compositions include a quantity of songs and a smaller number of choral pieces.

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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Around The World In 80 Minutes Marco Polo
8.223003
Orchestral
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2008 International Edition) Naxos
8.578019-20
Orchestral
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2009 Hong Kong Edition) Naxos
8.578057-58
Orchestral
Choral Music (Sacred) - HANDEL, G.F. / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. / HAYDN, F.J. / HERBECK, J.R. / BACH, J.S. / BRUCKNER, A. (Vienna Boys Choir) Capriccio
C71020
Opera
CHRISTMAS Eaken Piano Trio: Home for the Holidays Naxos
8.554099
Chamber Music
Christmas from a Golden Age (1925-1950) Naxos Historical
8.110296
Vocal
CHRISTMAS FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker / HUMPERDINCK, E.: Hansel und Gretel (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1090BD
Opera DVD
CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR Capriccio
C5160
Opera
CLASSIC MOODS - HUMPERDINCK, E. / FAURE, G. / BRAHMS, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / PUCCINI, G. / GRIEG, E. / SCHUBERT, F. / PUCCINI, G. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C18411
Opera
DAY IN THE LIFE OF LEO (A) - Classical Music for You and Your Cat Delos
DE1616
Chamber Music
EVENING WITH THE ROYAL OPERA (AN) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1086D
Opera DVD
GERMAN ROMANTIC CHRISTMAS (Frohlocket ihr Volker auf Erden) (Munich Bach Choir, Albrecht) Oehms Classics
OC924
Opera
GERMAN ROMANTIC OVERTURES Naxos
8.550146
Orchestral
GRIFFES: Piano Works, Vol. 2 Marco Polo
8.225163
Instrumental
HUMPERDINCK, E.: Hansel und Gretel (Anhalt Theater, 2007) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
101322
Opera DVD
HUMPERDINCK, E.: Hansel und Gretel (Anhalt Theater, 2007) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101321
Opera DVD
HUMPERDINCK, E.: Hansel und Gretel (Royal Opera House, 2008) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7032D
Opera DVD
HUMPERDINCK, E.: Hansel und Gretel (Royal Opera House, 2008) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1011D
Opera DVD
HUMPERDINCK, E.: Hansel und Gretel (Semperoper Dresden, 2006) (NTSC) EuroArts
2055888
Opera DVD
HUMPERDINCK, E.: Hansel und Gretel (Zurich Opera, 1999) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101536
Opera DVD
HUMPERDINCK, E.: Konigskinder (The King's Children) [Opera] (Weigle) Oehms Classics
OC943
Opera
HUMPERDINCK: Hansel und Gretel (Schwarzkopf, Karajan) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110897-98
Opera
HUMPERDINCK: Moorish Rhapsody / Sleeping Beauty Marco Polo
8.223369
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzi from Operas Naxos
8.554703
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzos from Carmen, Cavalleria Rusiticana, Pagliacci and more Naxos
8.570046
Orchestral
MIDNIGHT LOUNGE - Chill Out Classics and Meditation Capriccio
C49326
Opera
ONCE UPON A TIME Naxos
8.557953-54
Opera
Opera Arias (arr. for flute, oboe and piano) - DELIBES, L. / PUCCINI, G. / OFFENBACH, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / MOZART, W.A. (Zukerman, Vogel, Helmrich) Delos
DE3209
Chamber Music
Opera Arias (Contralto): Schumann-Heink, Ernestine - MEHRKENS, A. / ARDITI, L. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / MEYERBEER, G. (1900-1935) Delos
DE5503
Vocal
SCHUMANN, Elisabeth: Early Recordings (1915-1923) Naxos Historical
8.111098
Opera
SPIRITS OF MUSIC (McFerrin, Kennedy) (NTSC) EuroArts
2052148
Classical Concert
WAGNER, R.: Overtures / STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan (Mengelberg) (1926-1940) Naxos Historical
8.110855
Orchestral
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