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|Kevin McMillan, Carl Orff, Herbert Blomstedt|
Orff: Carmina Burana
This Grammy-winning recording of Orff's perennially popular selection of Latin lyrics is quite good. What makes the performance so successful is Herbert Blomstedt's determination to focus on beautiful singing of the tune... more »
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This Grammy-winning recording of Orff's perennially popular selection of Latin lyrics is quite good. What makes the performance so successful is Herbert Blomstedt's determination to focus on beautiful singing of the tunes, rather than merely pounding out the rhythm and letting the chips fall where they may. The result is uncommonly colorful and musically satisfying. Orff was probably the least original composer that ever lived, and it was all downhill from here. If you like this piece (and who doesn't?) and want something more, you must turn to Orff's source of inspiration. Try Stravinsky's Les Noces (The Wedding) or the Symphony of Psalms. After all, if Orff could do it, so can you. --David Hurwitz
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Sue C. from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 12/15/2013...
I think the emotion in this piece is wonderful.
Jeff S Wright | Brownsville, Texas USA | 09/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have collected many recordings of Carmina Burana over the years, and this recording is without a doubt the finest. Mr Blomstedt's control of all the forces is truly memorable. The only other recordings that come close, and each have their own special points are, De Burgos earlier (1960's) and Welser-Most. The soloists are superb, and do not allow their voices to stray. I believe Mr Blomstedt follows Mr Orff's orchestration completely, as this is a factor in my opinion why several other recordings do not come even closer the the aformentioned three. I will continue to search for more Carminas. Each is absolutely unique in their individual interpretations, but Mr Blomstedt;s will surely be hard to beat. TEXASJW@aol.com"
J. C Clark | Overland Park, KS United States | 01/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would suggest that those who have little knowledge of "classical" music keep their reviews elsewhere, as people looking here are probably trying to evaluate between performances. While not a collector, I have heard many Carminas, and this is great. The brass, the flutes, the timpani all sparkle and crackle. The bells just jump out at you--so effervescent is the playing. The soloists are divine...as is the chorus. Timing seems impeccable. It snaps and zips with the exhuberance this music is supposed to have. This is not liturgical music, it is secular music about love and drinking and the glories of life. This performance captures all those feelings."