Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (abridged, in English)
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Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921): Hänsel und Gretel (abridged)
Sung in English after a text by John Gutman
Hänsel: Mildred Miller
Gretel: Laura Hurley
Witch: Regina Resnik
Sandman: Emilia Cundari
Father: Calvin Marsh
Mother: Thelma Votipka
Metropolitan Opera Chorus (Walter Taussig, chorus master)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by Max Rudolf (Julius Berger, assistant conductor)
1) Prelude (abridged) (2’30”)
2) Act I (15’47”) *The opening scene with Hänsel and Gretel is basically complete with a few minor cuts. The scene with Mother is complete until the children run into the forest. There is a cut until the Father is heard. The duet between The Father and Mother has several cuts.
3) Act II Prelude (abridged) (2’03”)
4) Act II (11’20”) *The scene with the children in the forest has several cuts. The Sandman’s scene in complete,
as is the Evening Prayer, but the Dream Pantomime is heavily abridged.
5) Act III (21’38”) *The Act III Prelude is abridged. The scene with the Dew Fairy is cut completely. The following scene with the children and then with the witch is heavily abridged. The Witch’s Song is complete.The remaining part of the opera is mostly complete.
Source: RCA mono LP LM-2457, recorded February 7-8, 1957, at Columbia Studios, 207 E. 30th Street, NYC - released by RCA November 1960
Transcription and digital restoration: Curt Timmons 2018 - For Private Use Only
Cover art from original LP sleeve