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Hindemith: Tuttifantchen

Magazine article Gramophone

Hindemith: Tuttifantchen

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Hindemith Tuttifantchen  Bele Kumberger sop                    Tuttifantchen Herman Wallen bass                Meister Tuttifant Nora Lentner sop                             Trudel Matthias Stier ten                            Peter Annika Schlicht mez                   Mutter Berthe Sebastian Bluth bar                          Punoni Jan Gerrit Bruggemann spkr                 Narrator Berlin Radio Choir; Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin / Johannes Zurl 

CPO [F] CP0777 802-2 (72' * DDD * T/t)

Hindemith's 'Christmas story in three scenes' has long been the Cinderella among his stage works, especially on disc. Although CPO does not explicitly claim this as a premiere recording, I am not aware of a previous one, although the concert suite for violin and small orchestra appeared a year or three back. The derivative scenario concerns the coming to life of the magic puppet of the title and his quest to find and rejoin the tree from which he was carved, in the process of which he steals the heart of his creator's daughter, Trudel, who is saved only at the last moment by the pupil, Peter. …

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