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04 December 2022 Brandenburg (Germany)
Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel
Brandenburger Symphoniker conducted by Claus Efland - Brandenburger Theater
Program Info: Music: Karel Svoboda (Transkription/Arrangement: Antonín Mikulka, Stefan Behrisch), 1973 The Legendary Fairytale Film With Live Music
Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella: A girl resists the hostilities of her stepmother and stepsisters, follows the call of her heart and is finally even taken to the wife of a coveted prince.
In the early 1970s, filmmakers in Czechoslovakia and the German Democratic Republic produced another film version of the well-known motifs under the title "Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella" based on the novel of the same name by Božena Nemcová, which has since enjoyed great popularity, especially at Christmas time and is now considered a cult film. The film was shot in Prague and Dresden, among other places, in the Babelsberg film studios and at numerous other "Cinderella locations", such as Moritzburg Castle near Dresden. Aside from the acting performances, the sumptuous sets and the colorful costumes, music is the key ingredient in this cinematic magic potion.
Karel Svoboda's score has been carefully reconstructed for this film concert. The characteristic musical colors and subtleties remain unchanged: the somewhat idiosyncratic yet childishly pure singing of Cinderella, the sparkling arpeggios of the harpsichord, the elegant lines of the woodwind and the majestic fanfares of the brass. The music creates a listenable and lyrical atmosphere, offering an unbiased yet compelling commentary on the eternal quest for love, happiness and magic. After all, it is Svoboda's music that provides Cinderella with a songful and compellingly innocent leitmotif that instantly connects with his character.
Incidentally, Brandenburg made a significant contribution to the success of the film: Berol Kaiser-Reka, who plays the conductor at the Prince's Ball, made part of his collection of instruments available for the film. Dorothea Meissner's instruments and the dubbing voice were important ingredients from Brandenburg an der Havel for the cinematic masterpiece "Three hazelnuts for Cinderella".