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|John Noble, Raymond Wolansky, Carl Orff|
Orff: Carmina Burana; Stravinsky: Fireworks; Circus Polka
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A Magnificent Performance
(5 out of 5 stars)
"EMI Has rereleased this classic recording of Carmina Burana, and thank Heaven! No other performance -- and there are so many excellent ones -- quite captures the spirit of this magnificent work so truly. Fruehbeck de Burgos keeps magisterial control over the enormous forces, the choir of boys is excellent, and the soloists are second to none. The baritone in Omnia Sol Temperat is exquisite -- in Estuans Interius, riveting -- the opening, ominous O Fortuna is perfect, and Lucia Popp's In Trutina Mentis Dubia is delectable, sensuous, thrilling -- her intaken breath, after the words "fluctuant contraria", just adds a further sensuousness and rapture to her delicious rendition; and the penultimate "Blanziflor et Helena", a hymn to the Goddess in her bright aspect, is jubilant, triumphant-- just as the shattering reprise of "O Fortuna", ending the piece, is one to her in her dark aspect. A true desert island recording! And the reissue, coupled with Stravinsky, is excellent. A Must-Have version of this Must-Have piece!"
O Fortuna: The Ultimate Carmina Burana On Disc
Rudy Avila | Lennox, Ca United States | 03/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Carl Orff, a German composer (1895-1982)discovered a lost book of secular hymns from the Middle Ages in a convent in Southern Bavaria in 1935. On the cover was a colorful depiction of the Wheel Of Fortune of Fate which people of the medieval era considered to exist and which controlled people's destinies. Carl Orff decided he would set to the text to music for orchestra and voices. The result- the secular oratorio that is Carmina Burana. On this recording, made in the 60's (seperately in 1966 and 1968) we find the ultimate studio recording. The album perfectly captures the mood and the spirit of Carl Orff's concept. Soprano Lucia Popp provides the soprano solos and arias, Gerhard Unger is the tenor and Raymond Wolansky and John Noble are the baritones. They are the perfect cast for Carmina Burana, because they are primarily German singers who could sing the Latin texts with savage fire and spiritual beauty. Carmina Burana revolves around Fortuna, the ancient Roman goddess of Fortune, either good luck or bad luck. In the texts, she is also called Queen Hecuba. The style, in my opinion, as mentioned earlier is like that of an oratorio. It remains popular today in concert, and features all the makings of an oratorio - large orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists. The first segment is Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortuna, Empress Of the World) which opens with the famous and frightening chorus "O Fortuna". This chorus number has been used time and again in films, movie previews, and other visual media, even in the 1982 John Boorman film Excalibur. Fortune Plango Vulnera, the chorus that follows it, is along the same lines of haunting horror touches. The section I Primo Vere (In The Spring) has no orchestral accompaniment and only makes use of single instruments in a drone style accompanying the soloists. Orff did this to simply imitate music of the 13th century, which is why most of Carmina is in Latin. The Ecce Gratum that concludes the portion is more lively and sounds like a Christmas hymn.Uf Dem Anger, however, the middle segment, is sung in German, just another of Orff's interesting touches. A German man, Orff decided he would use German poetry to be sung, because it was likely he was sure this would be his greatest masterpiece, which indeed it turned out to be. On this segment, the music is rowdy, spirited and the chorus and the music attest to the gaiety of the pieces. Contrary to the religious, chaste and spiritual qualities of sacred music, these are praises of earthly pleasures- lust, food, drink, dance, song. The following In Taberna are drinking songs of taverns. The Cours D'Amour (Songs Of Love) praises the beauty of lovemaking. Outstanding are the sections "Veni Veni Venias" and the spiritual love hymn "In Trutina" which Lucia Popp delivers to perfection. No other soprano could sing this type of music more beautifully. The lively Tempus Est Iocundum has a delightful rhythm and melody which I liken to Japanese music (you'll find that there are other pieces of music that have an Oriental feel). The concluding portions- Dulcissime! (Lucia Popp sings this hymn to Venus with the most high soaring coloratura and seductive lyrical splendor) Ave Formossisima and the reprise of O Fortuna are well orchestrated as is all the music under Rafael Frubeck De Bugos, a Spanish-born conductor with an incredible dramatic flair. I have enjoyed his conducting of Bizet's opera Carmen with John Vickers and Grace Bumbry on the EMI labels."
The best Carmina Burana recording ever made
Desert Girl | 09/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot improve upon the excellent words of the two previous reviewers, other than to say that in my 40 year history of listening to live performances and/or recordings of Carmina Burana, this specific recording continues to live in my memory as the penultimate, and I am thrilled, and vindicated, to see that other people have come to the same opinion. Never have I heard a singer who matched the ineffable, riveting purity of Lucia Popp's soaring soprano. And never have I heard another conductor who gathered the forces of Carmina Burana into such fiery grandeur. How wonderful I can purchase this recording again, after losing track of it for decades!"