H‰nsel und Gretel, Philharmonie Berlin

By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 17 December 2006]
Humperdinckís H‰nsel 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 Wagnerís immense influence on the score?