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Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella at Christmas at the Alte Oper

30.09.2017 | 12:42 Clock | Culture
Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella at Christmas at the Alte Oper

The wonderful original film comes to the Alte Oper Frankfurt in radiant cinema format and with a large orchestra on 14 December 2017. For many, the wonderful fairy tale film from 1973 belongs to Christmas like the tree and candles. The TV broadcasts achieve great ratings year after year, the soundtrack makes it into the charts again and again and DVD and Blu-ray of the film also sell excellently. But on December 14, there will be another truly wonderful opportunity to experience this classic: in cinema format and with orchestral accompaniment. Because in addition to the story, Karel Svoboda's dreamlike music is and remains one of the outstanding reasons why the film continues to strike a chord in people's hearts even after more than four decades. The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, conducted by the internationally renowned film music specialist Helmut Imig, provides the unique listening experience.

Once upon a time,

A clever and beautiful girl lives, under the supervision of her strict stepmother, as the lowliest maid on her dead father's estate. When she falls in love with the handsome prince, she takes her destiny into her own hands. She follows the call of her heart and one of the most beautiful love stories in Europe takes its course. Despite all the intrigues of her stepmother and with the help of three nuts, she wins the heart of the prince. Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella: the adaptations in literature, opera and film are as numerous as they are varied. In the early 1970s, film-makers in Czechoslovakia and the German Democratic Republic produced another film version of the well-known motif. Titled Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella, it was based on the tale of the same name by Czech writer and fairy tale collector Božena Němcová the film that has now long achieved cult status.

The compellingly innocent, enchanting music of Karel Svoboda

Main ingredient in this cinematic potion is the music, without which Cinderella's rides through the glorious landscapes and the festive balls at the king's court would be half as beautiful. And it established the fame of its composer. Karel Svoboda received the diamond record in the Czech Republic for a total of more than ten million records sold. Shortly after his Cinderella soundtrack, he received his first commissions from the West, and his title melodies for animated films such as Maya the Bee, Vicky the Viking and Nils Holgersson have all become an integral part of our collective memory. One, however, seems to surpass them all and to evoke feelings of happiness in many people in a direct way: That melody to which the princess on her white horse chases through the snow to happiness.

For this film concert, Karel Svoboda's score has been carefully reconstructed. The characteristic musical colors and subtleties remain unchanged: the idiosyncratic yet childlike purity of Cinderella's singing, the sparkling arpeggios of the harpsichord, the elegant lines of the woodwinds, and the majestic fanfares of the brass. And more than that, the music creates a lyrical atmosphere and a compelling commentary on the eternal quest for love, happiness and magic.

For this film concert, Karel Svoboda's score has been carefully reconstructed. The characteristic musical colors and subtleties remain unchanged: the idiosyncratic yet childlike purity of Cinderella's singing, the sparkling arpeggios of the harpsichord, the elegant lines of the woodwinds, and the majestic fanfares of the brass. And more than that, the music creates a lyrical atmosphere and a compelling commentary on the eternal quest for love, happiness and magic.

Film orchestra of international standing under the direction of an experienced specialist

The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg under the musical direction of Helmut Imig provides this magical sound. The musicians of the orchestra impress with their adept playing technique, which knows how to precisely match every single bow stroke, every timpani beat to the screen. The orchestra has been responsible for more than 500 national and international productions, including soundtracks such as Die Apothekerin, Otto - Der Katastrophenfilm, Lauras Stern, 7 Zwerge - Männer allein im Wald, Wickie und die starken Männer and Anonymous. The orchestra is internationally renowned especially for its live film concerts, including performances of famous silent film classics with the original film music such as Metropolis, City Lights or Battleship Potemkin, for example at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.

With Helmut Imig they are presided over by an experienced film music specialist who has been working successfully in this field for over 25 years. Helmut Imig has worked with renowned orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. At the helm of the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, he will unleash the magic of Karl Svoboda's romantic masterpiece to its full glory at Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella on 14 December 2017 at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

The presale is on!

December 14, 2017 - 7.30 pm

Frankfurt, Alte Oper

Prices: from 30,50 Euro, plus. Advance booking office fees

50% discount for children and young people up to and including 14 years

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