17 Dec 2006
Hänsel und Gretel, Philharmonie Berlin
By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 17 December 2006]
Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel raises a number of questions. Why does it not put children off gingerbread? Why has the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra never performed it before? And why do we often overlook Wagner’s immense influence on the score?