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Hansel and Gretel is a German fairy tale written in the early 1800s. Since its release, different librettos have been written to turn the classic story into an opera. Engelbert Humperdinck, a popular composer from the late 1800s, wrote the original libretto, which gave birth to the fairytale opera. The plot involves a poor mother who sends her son and daughter into the woods in search for berries, ignorant to the dangers that lurk in the forest. Watch a modern twist on the classic German opera.
Grab some snacks and beverage, a comfy seat, and prepare to be enchanted. Conducted by Douglas Boyd, France’s Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, accentus, presents one of Handel’s most beloved oratorio’s. This concert was performed and filmed in the Philharmonie de Paris in 2015 and is sure to delight. The performance features soloists Carolyn Sampson, Soprano, Paula Murrihy, Mezzo-soprano, Allan Clayton, Tenor, Matthew Rose, Bass. Enjoy this lovely performance of George Friderich Handel’s, Messiah.
Everyone is familiar with classic The Nutcracker from Tchaikovsky. You may not know what the music is from, but you hear it and hum along. The ballet was originally composed in 1892, but didn't become an immediate success. Long after The Nutcracker Suite was put together, from extracted movements of the original, the entire ballet became the Christmas traditional we know today.
In 1960, as the ballet was becoming popular, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn recorded their own interpretation of the music. This recording feature a jazz twist and included a small band of piano, trumpet, trombones, saxophones, double bass, and drumset.
What’s the holiday season without the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s, A Charlie Brown Christmas? Vince Guaraldi, a jazz pianist, was enlisted to whip up some music for the Christmas special. The music and show debuted in December of 1965. Rolling Stone’s writer, Liz Pelly describes the songs in the 40 minute soundtrack as “both smooth and snappy,” while also leading the audience along through the show and adding more depth into the character’s adventures or actions.
To listen now, check out the soundtrack on Spotify or Apple Music. Happy listening!