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|Carl Orff, Leonard Slatkin, Sylvia Mcnair|
Orff: Carmina Burana / McNair, Aler, Hagegard; Slatkin
This most favorite of choral works is infused with life through the fluid singing of the soloists. Hagegard's everyman baritone overflows with sensitive phrasing and a deliciously appealing timbre. McNair's lovely lyric gl... more »
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This most favorite of choral works is infused with life through the fluid singing of the soloists. Hagegard's everyman baritone overflows with sensitive phrasing and a deliciously appealing timbre. McNair's lovely lyric glides across the music, capturing the subtle textual nuances--she has never been more appealing. The chorus is void of feeling in the first half, hypnotically following Slatkin's joyless lead. However, once they enter "The Court of Love" in Part III, they sing blissfully and expansively, capturing all the pleasures that Orff's piece offers. The orchestra, playing at full throttle, is crisp and energetic. --Barbara Eisner Bayer
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Donna E. from RADFORD, VA
Reviewed on 8/18/2006...
Exciting, exotic music.
Beyond a Doubt My Favorite!
John P. Penning | Springfield, Illinois USA | 09/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am not a music scholar. I am not a musician. I am not a critic. What I am is a lover of music and especially of powerful and emotive music. I listen to music not to analyze but to FEEL! I fell in love with the Carmina Burana while in college many years ago. I have searched long and hard for ANY version that captures the raw energy and powerful emotions of the bookending piece, "O, Fortuna", as well as on this recording and have found none that meet the mark. The employment and use of a thunderous gong, performed with a flair unlike any other recording that I know of is worth the price of the CD in and of itself! If you as a listener wish to buy a recording of the Carmina Burana for analytical purposes, then I haven't a clue which version to purchase. However, if your aim is to to FEEL, to EXPERIENCE, to be ABSORBED by the Carmina, then look no further. This is the one. The ONLY one!"
I've heard a lot of them and this is the BEST!
Greg McDonald | Green Bay, Wisconsin United States | 11/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I moved away to college I had to give up this CD which is owned by my father (an opera style bass-baritone himself). Figuring that I could just buy another one, or one like it at least, I decided to shop online. I studied each sample track of each CD closely and compared it to this recording, and, unsurprisingly, none of them were close enough to even consider. Quite frankly, the baritone is the best I've ever heard, the saprano is the best I've ever heard, and the tenor is also the best I've ever heard. And if that isn't good enough reason to buy it, then keep in mind that the conductor's impact regarding enphasis and tempo is perfect. Don't bother doubting me and just trust me; this is the best recording available."