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CHAN 5067

Orff: Carmina Burana

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

London Symphony Orchestra


Richard Hickox


Christopher Maltman

baritone

Laura Claycomb

soprano

Barry Banks

tenor

Tiffin Boys' Choir


London Symphony Chorus



Venue:

Barbican Centre, London



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Jonathan Stokes


Neil Hutchinson



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Choir


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 62:11
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CARL ORFF

   
  live recording  
 

Carmina Burana

60:37  
  Cantiones profanae  
  cantoribus et choris cantandae  
  comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis  
  Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi 5:16      
1 1 O Fortuna. Pesante - [ ] - 2:36
2 2 Fortune plango vulnera. [ ] - Più mosso 2:40
   
  I. Primo vere 23:01      
3 3 Veris leta facies. [ ] - Poco più lento, tranquillo - A tempo, come prima - 3:54
4 4 Omnia Sol temperat. [ ] - Sempre molto rubato - 3:54
5 5 Ecce gratum. Con ampiezza - Quasi allegretto - Allegro molto - 2:43
6 6 Tanz. Pesante - Allegro - Un poco più lento - Più mosso - 1:44
7 7 Floret silva. [ ] - Poco più mosso - [ ] - Poco più mosso - 3:18
8 8 Chramer, gip die varwe mir. Quasi andante - 3:23
9 9 Reie. Andante poco esitante - Più andante - 4:51
  Swaz hie gat umbe. Allegro molto -  
  Chume, chum, geselle min. [ ] -  
  Swas hie gat umbe. A tempo come prima -  
10 10 Were diu werlt alle min. Allegro molto 0:53
   
  II. In Taberna 10:38      
11 11 Estuans interius. Allegro molto - 2:28
12 12 Olim lacus colueruam. [ ] - 3:35
13 13 Ego sum abbas. [ ] - 1:29
14 14 In taberna quando sumus. [ ] - 3:05
   
  III. Cour d'amours 18:31      
15 15 Amor volat undique. Largo - Rubato flessibile - [ ] - 3:16
16 16 Dies, nox et omnia. [ ] - 2:07
17 17 Stetit puella. [ ] - 1:49
18 18 Circa mea pectora. [ ] - Più mosso - 2:04
19 19 Si puer cum puellula. Allegro buffo - Allegro molto - 0:58
20 20 Veni, veni, venias. Allegro - 1:01
21 21 In trutina. [ ] - 2:17
22 22 Tempus est iocundum. Allegro molto - Più lento - 2:22
23 23 Dulcissime. [ ] - 0:43
  Blanziflor et Helena  
24 24 Ave formosissima. [ ] - 1:50
   
  Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi 3:11      
25 25 O Fortuna. Pesante - [ ] - 3:11
   
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5067


Recorded live at the Barbican Centre in November 2007, Richard Hickox conducts Carl Orff’s immensely popular dramatic cantata Carmina Burana with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and soloists, Barry Banks, Laura Claycomb and Christopher Maltman.
Orff is reputed to have declared around the time of Carmina’s first performance, ‘Everything I have written to date, and which you have printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin.’ He had a strong interest in theatrical presentations and conceived the work as a pageant. The idea came to Orff in 1935 when he encountered an edition of medieval songs edited by the poet Johann Schmeller. The vivid and colourful songs were those sung by the goliards – hedonistic students and traveling monks who celebrated their riotous pursuits in bawdy and profane poetry. The 24 ‘cantiones profanae’ chosen by Orff were translated and the composer set them to music for three vocal soloists, three choirs and a large orchestra featuring triple woodwind, two pianos and no fewer than five percussionists.

The score’s combination of gloriously infectious vulgarity interspersed with moments of genuine beauty has assured it an unquestionable position as one of the most popular of all twentieth-century choral works.

Another Carmina? Yes, and totally justified as it happens. In large choral works like this one few conductors better Richard Hickox and sure enough the opening ‘O Fortuna’ is arresting: taut and tense in atmosphere, crisp in diction without self-conscious mannerism… Classic performances by André Previn and Frühbeck de Burgos are still available, but Hickox is at least their equal… overall this is a richly enjoyable performance of a much-recorded masterpiece
BBC Music Magazine

There has rarely been a trio of soloists as good as this, with Christopher Maltman’s charismatic Abbott, Barry Banks’s suitably strained roasted swan and the seductive tones of Laura Claycomb. Hickox conducts with his usual mastery of big works
The Telegraph

The Chandos engineers have worked wonders with the Barbican’s tricky acoustic, providing vivid sound allowing a wealth of orchestral detail to be heard… the dynamic range is enormous… The soloists make a fine trio… The choral contribution is excellent throughout
Gramophone

The London Symphony Orchestra performed the work with all the commitment and exuberance that one expects from them' The three soloists were outstanding, singing with a unified dynamic power and depth of expression that is rare to find today…Christopher Maltman’s baritone is large, and he dramatically projected every emotion and quirk in the text.
MusicOMH.com

Another Carmina? Yes, and totally justified as it happens. In large choral works like this one few conductors better Richard Hickox and sure enough the opening ‘O Fortuna’ is arresting: taut and tense in atmosphere, crisp in diction without self-conscious mannerism… Classic performances by André Previn and Frühbeck de Burgos are still available, but Hickox is at least their equal… overall this is a richly enjoyable performance of a much-recorded masterpiece
BBC Music Magazine

The London Symphony Orchestra performed the work with all the commitment and exuberance that one expects from them' The three soloists were outstanding, singing with a unified dynamic power and depth of expression that is rare to find today…Christopher Maltman’s baritone is large, and he dramatically projected every emotion and quirk in the text
MusicOMH.com

Hickox and his forces certainly conveyed an appropriate sense of the dramatic… Maltman had the sense of the music and histrionic demands down to a tee… Banks provided strong characterization in the high tenor writing… Claycomb conveyed the vulnerability of the soprano’s music
Classic Source

‘Do we really need another one?’ is the obvious question to ask about this recording of Carmina Burana, and of course it should be asked. Yet so outstanding in so many respects is this version, led by Richard Hickox, and available in superb SACD sound, that one forgets about such a basic query almost as soon as it has entered one’s brain… All in all then, this Carmina holds its head up proudly among the best, and in stunning sound too.
International Record Review

The Chandos engineers have worked wonders with the Barbican’s tricky acoustic, providing vivid sound allowing a wealth of orchestral detail to be heard… the dynamic range is enormous… The soloists make a fine trio… The choral contribution is excellent throughout.
Gramophone

Hickox and his forces certainly conveyed an appropriate sense of the dramatic…Maltman had the sense of the music and histrionic demands down to a tee… Banks provided strong characterization in the high tenor writing… Claycomb conveyed the vulnerability of the soprano’s music.
Classical Source

"Do we really need another one? is the obvious question to ask about this recording of Carmina Burana, and of course it should be asked. Yet so outstanding in so many respects is this version, led by Richard Hichox, and available in superb SACD sound, that one forgets about such a basic query almost as soon as it has entered one’s brain ... All in all then, this Carmina holds its head up proudly amoung the best, and in stunning sound too."

International Record Review

"There has rarely been a trio of soloists as good as this, with Christopher Maltman’s charismatic Abbott, Barry Banks’s suitably strained roasted swan and the seductive tones of Laura Claycomb. Hickox conducts with his usual mastery of big works."

The Telegraph

"Hickox and his forces certainly conveyed an appropriate sense of the dramatic ... Maltman had the sense of the music and histrionic demands down to a tee ... Banks provided strong characterization in the high tenor writing ... Claycomb conveyed the vulnerability of the soprano’s music."

Classical Source

"The London Symphony Orchestra performed the work with all the commitment and exuberance that one expects from them . The three soloists were outstanding, singing with a unified dynamic power and depth of expression that is rare to find today ... Christopher Maltman’s baritone is large, and he dramatically projected every emotion and quirk in the text."

MusicOMH.com

"Another Carmina? Yes, and totally justified as it happens. In large choral works like this one few conductors better Richard Hickox and sure enough the opening ’O Fortuna’ is arresting: taut and tense in atmosphere, crisp in diction without self-conscious mannerism ... Classic performances by André Previn and Frühbeck de Burgos are still available but Hickox is at least their equal ... overall this is a richly enjoyable performance of a much-recorded masterpiece."

BBC Music Magazine

"The Chandos engineers have worked wonders with the Barbican’s tricky acoustic, providing vivid sound allowing a wealth of orchestral detail to be heard ... the dynamic range is enormous ... The soloists make a fine trio ... The choral contribution is excellent throughout."

Gramophone




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T Beggs

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J Quintana