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ORFF: Carmina Burana

Composer(s):Orff, Carl
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.570033
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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With its mixture of funny, bawdy and hedonistic texts taken from anonymous poets of the Middle Ages, twentieth century German composer Carl Orff created in Carmina Burana a choral work of powerful pagan sensuality and direct physical excitement. The pulsating rhythms, colourful orchestration and dynamic choruses, contrasted with moments of sensuous innocence, have taken Carmina Burana into the world of ‘pop classics’. The work has also provided the backdrop for countless international television adverts, and for the films Excalibur, Natural Born Killers and Badlands.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Marin Alsop also conducts a fine, distinctive reading of Carl Orff’s most popular work, brilliantly recorded. The recording heightens the impact of the reading with its exceptionally wide dynamic range, so that pianissimos are hushed and intimate, set against great choral outbursts, with the Bournemouth Chorus and the Youth Choirs providing a powerful mainstay to the whole performance. Much the most important of the soloists is the baritone, here the dark, cleanly focused Markus Eiche, a great strength, while the tenor, Tom Randle, gives a delightful characterization is falsetto for the roast swan sequence, and Claire Rutter sings with perfect purity in the radiant soprano solos in the final section. A top bargain recommendation.

Review By ,Scherzo,September 2007


Review By Emma Baker,Classic FM,May 2007

There are few works that polarise opinion as much as Carl Orff’s dramatic oratorio Carmina Burana .This theatrical, melodic, arcane and outrageous work was an instant hit after its first performance in 1937 and made Orff a household name. The work’s percussive, driving, black-and-white minimalism and catchy melodies make it instantly accessible.


Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,January 2007

Long near the top of the classical Hit Parade, each new recording of this rousing masterpiece of medieval music in “modern” garb is always welcome. This is especially true of this up-to-date, all digital and exciting version. Maestra Alsop has firm control of the vast array of forces under her command, and delivers a powerful and beautiful performance.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2007

High on impact and colour, Carl Orff’s setting of bawdy, sexy and humorous texts has given record companies for the past fifty years the chance to show off their latest recording technology. This new arrival follows in the familiar path of hard-hitting up-front sound that pulls no punches, the engineers achieving wonderfully sharp definition and inner detail. The performance has the advantage of a Bournemouth chorus that has the earthy quality appropriate for the German texts from the Middle Ages. The sopranos are particularly good, intonation on the very high passages unfailingly accurate. Thankfully Marin Alsop has not meddled with the orchestration as we have heard in one highly acclaimed version, and I like her handling of the quiet choral sections which can come



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