A recording of Laurent Pelly’s witty production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s most successful opera, Hänsel und Gretel, has been released on the Glyndebourne label.
First performed at Glyndebourne in 2008, the new recording was captured during a live performance of the 2010 revival when the opera was brilliantly conducted by Robin Ticciati.
Well-received during its first run, the 2010 revival was popular with critics and audience alike with Alice Coote in the role of Hänsel and Lydia Teuscher as Gretel both receiving critical acclaim.
Laurent Pelly’s production is the only version of Hänsel und Gretel to ever be staged at Glyndebourne. Laced with humour, it draws out the darker undertones of the famous Brothers Grimm fairytale to deliver a witty, contemporary retelling that caters to all ages.
‘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.’
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
‘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 [the] role.’
David Gutman, The Stage
‘Robin Ticciati’s thrilling account for this, confirms the score’s seriousness and sophistication…the evening’s great triumph comes from the orchestra pit.’
Laura Battle, Financial Times
“Coote and Teuscher are glorious vocally and dramatically. The evening’s real hero, though, is conductor Robin Ticciati, immaculate in his pacing, and breathtaking in his negotiation of the balance between Wagnerian disturbance and folk-based magic.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Great opera performances are fleeting moments in time and since 1960, every note of every Glyndebourne Festival performance has been recorded. By’eaves-dropping’on the live performances it has been possible to capture realistic recordings which recreate the live experience.
The Glyndebourne Label launched in 2008 and makes use of modern technology to delve in to this incredible archive and allow some of the most seminal opera performances of the last fifty years to be heard again. Hänsel und Gretel is just the latest in a series of classic Glyndebourne releases.
The CD is available to “buy from the Glyndebourne shop”: as well as other good music retailers from 29 May.
“Laurent Pelly returns to Glyndebourne Festival this summer to direct a double bill of the only two operas ever written by Ravel – “ L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges .”: