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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #60 on: February 22, 2013, 09:34:06 AM »
Which is the best version?  :-\

There are many potential best versions. Get ready for many offerings.  ;D

I prefer Slatkin, Blomstedt, and Jochum in the orchestral version. But I love this chamber version...


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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #61 on: February 22, 2013, 09:38:08 AM »
Curiously, I heard the chamber version live in St Petersburg, at the Glinka Capella, and it was a visiting Scandinavian student ensemble (from Norway, though).
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #62 on: February 22, 2013, 12:31:55 PM »
You cannot go wrong with Orff's favorite version...



...because it has Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Ego Sum Abbas Cucaniensis) and the incredible Gerhard Stolze as the roasted swan in Olim lacus colueram.
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #63 on: February 22, 2013, 12:35:49 PM »
There are many potential best versions. Get ready for many offerings.  ;D

I prefer Slatkin, Blomstedt, and Jochum in the orchestral version.
I'm fine with any of these three myself! :)
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #64 on: February 22, 2013, 12:42:43 PM »
You cannot go wrong with Orff's favorite version...



...because it has Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Ego Sum Abbas Cucaniensis) and the incredible Gerhard Stolze as the roasted swan in Olim lacus colueram.

This is the killer version for sure. I just re-listened to it last weekend, played it twice through because I could. :)

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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #65 on: February 22, 2013, 02:07:37 PM »
There are two that I rate as top and I prefer them over the Jochum.



or



You'll note that both companies rate these as 'Great Recordings' and deservedly so.

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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #67 on: February 23, 2013, 02:24:01 PM »
This was always my favourite. Lucia Popp is to die for



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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #68 on: February 27, 2013, 06:49:17 PM »
This was always my favourite. Lucia Popp is to die for


It's certainly one of the best vocally (I agree about La Lucia!), but I feel other conductors have a better handle on Orff's instrumental style and tempo markings.  Andre Previn and Eugene Ormandy, surprisingly, come very close to ideal tempos and style.

I've only heard the Jochum recording on radio broadcast, but what impressed me is its simple joy and exuberance.  They're having the time of their lives! ;D That alone makes it a favorite of mine.
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #69 on: July 01, 2013, 03:01:47 AM »
Dear All,

   I hope you don't mind if I ask for one more suggestion. I would like to order, in particular, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (this time it is for a gift) but don't know which particular CD I should choose. Is there / are there any obvious choice(s)?

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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #70 on: July 01, 2013, 03:21:48 AM »
This one: Jochum conducting, with Janowitz, Stolze, and Fischer-Dieskau




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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #71 on: July 01, 2013, 03:25:42 AM »
Dear All,

   I hope you don't mind if I ask for one more suggestion. I would like to order, in particular, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (this time it is for a gift) but don't know which particular CD I should choose. Is there / are there any obvious choice(s)?

All the best,

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Amen to what Sarge says!

Carl Orff himself liked this one the best: Eugen Jochum and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and the incredible Gerhard Stolze (singing the "Roast Swan Song"):

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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #72 on: July 01, 2013, 03:29:25 AM »
Good morning, Cato!
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #73 on: July 01, 2013, 04:35:04 AM »
I've just (i.e. on last Friday) taken part in Carmina Burana's spectacle at the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow:

http://opera.krakow.pl/english.php?id=2281

It's a pity I cannot embed any video file as an example:-(

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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #74 on: July 01, 2013, 11:23:26 AM »
This



or this



I prefer both to the Jochum
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #76 on: July 02, 2013, 06:14:00 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/Orff-Carmina-Burana-Ravel-Bolero/dp/B000002S3E/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1372751534&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=carmina+burana+fruhbek
Available here (and also in the music of the 20th C. box) - the Frühbeck de Burgos is the one I have. I would be interested in hearing how others, who may know several recordings, like it.

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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #77 on: July 03, 2013, 12:10:35 AM »
North Star, it is the most exciting and best sounding to me.  I've had various recordings of the work since the 60's.  Many other good ones are out there, though  :)

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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #78 on: July 03, 2013, 03:25:03 AM »
On the whole, I think: none.

Over the years, I have participated in two performances of the piece, and sat in the audience for a third. I find it one of those works which is exciting to take part in, but it strikes me as rather indifferent as a piece to listen to.  Now, I am open to that reflection being changed, if I find The Right Recording, e.g., however, I don't know that it is reasonable to expect any recording to rival the rich experience of being in the orchestra (or in the chorus) as one of the executants of the piece.

YMMV, of course; I am not asserting this as the way it should be for anyone else on the planet  0:)
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Re: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
« Reply #79 on: July 03, 2013, 04:14:26 AM »



I know, I just broke the rules a bit.