Erinnerung - Homage To Humperdinck 2-cd

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Label: DG
Catalog: 4839762
Format: CD

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Engelbert Humperdinck. In April, DG celebrates his legacy with an album featuring a selection of Humperdinck's best-known works in popular recordings from the catalogue (including Solti, Rickenbacher, Lehmann, Fischer-Dieskau and Kauffmann), as well as new recordings of lesser-known gems, including a world premiere recording of Erinnerung - a delightful piano piece only recently discovered. Homage to Humperdinck Humperdinck, best known for his fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel - one of the most frequently performed operas in the world - was born in Siegburg near Bonn in 1854 and produced a wide body of work that places him in the great heritage of Germany music history. This anniversary album is an introduction to his lesser-known treasures of chamber music, his magnificent Piano Quintet and the late String Quartet in C major - a masterpiece of the genre. It also features a selection of his most sensitive and beautiful art songs; a rarity: Humperdinck's unique arrangement for strings and piano of the Prelude to Tristan und Isolde; and a world premiere recording: the piano piece Erinnerung. This short and sweet piano piece is only Humperdinck's second composition to survive as an autograph. He wrote it at the age of 17 for the poetry album of his beloved sister Ernestine, who died 2 years later. The poetry album has only recently been discovered. Rounding out the album are Humperdinck's "greatest hits" in recordings from the catalog, such as highlights from Solti's famous recording of Hansel and Gretel and from Königskinder with Jonas Kaufmann. The new recordings were made in co-production with Deutschlandfunk Kultur and feature soprano Christina Landshamer, pianist Hinrich Alpers, who also curated the selection of new recordings, and the Schumann Quartet. The 2-CD digipack includes a booklet with liner notes and sung texts in English and German.

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