HUMPERDINCK: Shakespeare Suite, Heirat Overture, OOP
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Orchestral music of German composers Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 - 1921), a composer with a much larger output than the few works for which he's known. Karl Anton Rickenbacher leads the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in his dramatic, Wagnerian Overture #2 from "Die Heirat wider Willen", the two lightweight Shakespeare Suites taken from incidental music, and the Humoreske in E. Out of print 1994 disc on the Koch label. You can listen to excerpts from this disc here .
From the Gramophone review:Rickenbacher and the Bamberg orchestra were responsible on an earlier Virgin Classics disc for unearthing some of Humperdinck's long-neglected orchestral works (11/94). Here again, on this Koch Schwann disc in another group of his shorter works, the composer's open charm comes over winningly in excellent performances, beautifully recorded. The Shakespeare Suites, often drawing on a vein of sensuousness beyond that of Hansel und Gretel, are taken from the incidental music Humperdinck wrote between 1905 and 1907 for four Shakespeare productions, three by Max Reinhardt. Pieces for different plays are freely mixed, so that movements for The Winter's Tale and The Tempest appear in both suites. Even so, the resulting sequences are remarkably consistent and satisfyingly balanced. The first suite starts with a substantial introduction or overture ... read more