Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

London | March 25, 1997 | Compact Disc

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 25, 1997

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: London

UPC: 028945529028

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST Version I have six different recordings of this masterpiece, including the one conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch recorded under the personal supervision of Karl Orff himself. I have Michael Tilson Thomas, Antal Dorati, Rafael Beck de Burgos, and Riccardo Muti's versions as well. This one by Charles Dutoit is by far the best I've heard. Why? It makes the most interesting use of tempo, sounding ardent and lusty at times, yet languid and sensuous at others. On some recordings, sprightly passages are played too slowly, so they seem to plod along. Even worse, sometimes the slow and sensuous passages are played too quickly, making it sound like they're all in a hurry to get home. The diction throughout is excellent, even from the children's choir. Yes, it's in Medieval German and Latin, but the lyrics do mean something, and those of us who know them well appreciate being able to hear them clearly. So many American choirs slur the unstressed syllables, and muddy the vowels to the point where you can hardly make out what they're singing. Best of all, the two main soloists have magnificent voices. Mark Oswald's baritone is so beautifully rich and emotionally expressive that it brings tears to the eyes. Beverly Hoch's soprano is sweet, clear, and bell-like, but never shrill. Ms. Hoch also manages the incredibly long phrase at the end of her solo in "Amor volat undique" in one confident breath, while virtually every other soprano out there breaks the last note in two, or just sings it as long as she can and then stops, while the music carries on.
Date published: 2006-06-02

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Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 25, 1997

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: London

UPC: 028945529028


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1.Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra --