Engelbert Calling is the first ever duets album from the legendary and incomparable Engelbert Humperdinck. This collection is his 80th album and comes forty-five years after his first number one hit single and signature tune - Release Me. Featuring brand new recordings of classic tracks with some of the biggest and best voices on the planet, all handpicked by the legendary singer himself, this is an album that celebrates both an incredible career and all that is best in music…
Humperdinck's reputation rests chiefly on his opera Hänsel and Gretel, which he began work on in Frankfurt in 1890. He first composed four songs to accompany a puppet show his nieces were giving at home. Then, using a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette rather loosely based on the version of the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, he composed a Singspiel of 16 songs with piano accompaniment and connecting dialogue. By January 1891 he had begun working on a complete orchestration. The opera premiered in Weimar on 23 December 1893, under the baton of Richard Strauss, who called it: "a masterpiece of the highest quality… all of it original, new, and so authentically German.
Some of the world s entertainment legends have joined forces with Engelbert Humperdinck to create tracks for his forthcoming duets album. Coming over 45 years after his first massive number one single, the incomparable trademark Please Release Me , this album is a celebration of an incredible career. The album will be released on March 17th 2014 through Conehead via Nova Distribution / Universal. Featuring brand new recordings that see Engelbert teaming up with some of music s greatest stars, this is a collection that really shines.
Engelbert Humperdinck is one of a very small number of artists who have sold over one hundred million records and is a household name the world over. The first CD in this set contains all of his biggest and best loved classics, while the second spotlights many of his most requested songs, alongside a carefully chosen selection of collectable cuts, all of which were recorded at the peak of his chart career.