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Hänsel und Gretel (John Pritchard recording)

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Hänsel und Gretel
File:Hansel and gretel pritchard lp.jpg
CBS Masterworks LP: 79217
Studio album by
John Pritchard
StudioErholungshaus, Leverkusen, Germany
LabelCBS Masterworks
ProducerDavid Mottley
Alternative cover
CBS Masterworks CD: M2K 79217
CBS Masterworks CD: M2K 79217

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Hänsel und Gretel is a 107-minute studio album of Engelbert Humperdinck's 1893 opera, performed by Ileana Cotrubaș, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Christa Ludwig, Siegmund Nimsgern, Elisabeth Söderström, Frederica von Stade and Ruth Welting with the Children's Chorus of Cologne Opera and the Gürzenich Orchestra under the direction of Sir John Pritchard. It was released in 1979.


The album was recorded using analogue technology in June 1978 in the concert hall of the Bayer chemical company: the Erholungshaus at Leverkusen near Cologne in Germany.[1]


The cover of the CD version of the album, designed under the art direction of Allen Weinberg, features a design by Henrietta Condak using art created by Renate Ross and photographed by Don Hunstein.[1]

Critical reception[edit]


Engelbert Humperdinck in 1854

The album was reviewed or discussed by Lionel Salter in Gramophone in October 1979,[2] by George Jellinek in Stereo Review in December 1979,[3]by J. B. Steane in Gramophone in January 1980,[4] by Edward Greenfield in Gramophone in November 1988[5]and by Alan Blyth in Gramophone in December 2002.[6]


In December 1979, Stereo Review named the album one of the best Recordings of the Month.[3] Also in December 1979, Lionel Salter included the album in his Gramophone Critic's Choice list of the best records of the year.[7]

Track listing: CD1[edit]

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854–1921)

Hänsel und Gretel (1893), Märchenspiel in drei Bildern (Fairy play in three tableaux), with a libretto by Humperdinck's sister, Adelheid Wette, after Grimm's Fairy Tales

Act 1: At home

  • 1 (8:23) Prelude
  • 2 (5:54) "Suse, liebe Suse" (Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 3 (3:47) "Brüderchen, komm tanz mit mir" (Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 4 (3:54) "Holla!" (Mother, Hänsel, Gretel)
  • 5 (6:28) "Ral-la-la-la" (Father, Mother)
  • 6 (3:12) "Doch halt, wo bleiben die Kinder?" (Father, Mother)
  • 7 (2:39) "Eine Hex', steinalt" (Father, Mother)

Act 2: In the forest

  • 8 (4:37) Prelude: the witches' ride
  • 9 (3:27) "Ein Männlein steht" (Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 10 (7:25) "Kuckuck, Kuckuck" (Hänsel, Gretel)
  • 11 (2:59) "Der kleine Sandmann bin ich" (Little Sandman, Hänsel, Gretel)
  • 12 (3:15) "Abends, will ich schlafen gehn" (Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 13 (5:22) Pantomime: the descent of the angels

Track listing: CD2[edit]

Act 3: The gingerbread house

  • 1 (2:16) Prelude
  • 2 (2:07) "Der kleine Taumann heiss ich" (Little Dewman)
  • 3 (1:52) "Wo bin ich?" (Gretel)
  • 4 (4:08) "Sieh' da, der faule" (Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 5 (4:46) "Bleib' stehn!" (Gretel, Hänsel, Witch)
  • 6 (4:53) "Knusper, knusper" (Witch, Hänsel, Gretel)
  • 7 (3:23) "Kommt, kleine Mäuslein" (Witch, Hänsel, Gretel)
  • 8 (1:39) "Halt!... Hokus pokus" (Witch)
  • 9 (5:35) "Nun Gretel" (Witch, Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 10 (1:50) "Hurr hopp hopp hopp" (Witch)
  • 11 (4:06) "Auf, wach' auf" (Witch, Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 12 (2:51) Dance / "Da sieh nur die artigen Kinderlein!" (Gretel, Hänsel)
  • 13 (4:36) "Erlöst, befreit" (Gingerbread Children, Gretel, Hänsel, Father)
  • 14 (2:18) "Vater! Mutter!" (Hänsel, Gretel, Mother, Father, Gingerbread Children)




  • David Mottley, producer
  • Hartwig Paulsen, engineer
  • Mike Ross-Trevor, engineer
  • Vivienne H. Taylor, production co-ordinator

Release history[edit]

In 1979, CBS Masterworks issued the album as a double LP (catalogue number 79321 in the UK, M2 35898 in the USA) and a double cassette (catalogue number 40-79127), both with notes, texts and translations.[2][3]

In 1988, CBS Masterworks issued the album as a double CD (catalogue number M2K 79217 in the UK, M2K 35898 in the USA) in a clamshell box with a 160-page booklet. The booklet, printed in gingerbread-coloured ink, includes essays in English by Barrymore Laurence Scherer and Bruno Bettelheim, an essay in French by Marcel Marnat, an essay in German by Karl Dietrich Gräwe, an essay in Italian by Franco Soprano, synopses in English, French and German, libretti in English, French, German and Italian, photographs of Nimsgern, Ludwig, von Stade, Cotrubaș, Te Kanawa, Welting, Söderström, Pritchard and the children's chorus, four photographs taken during recording, a drawing and two photographs of Humperdinck and five old illustrations of scenes from the story.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Humperdinck, Engelbert: Hänsel und Gretel, cond. John Pritchard, CBS Masterworks CD M2K 79127, 1988
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gramophone, October 1979, p. 703
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Stereo Review, December 1979, p. 92
  4. Gramophone, January 1980, p. 1122
  5. Gramophone, November 1988, p. 858
  6. Gramophone, December 2002, pp. 36–40
  7. Gramophone, December 1979, p. 980

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