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Orff: Carmina Burana


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listen  1. Orff: Carmina Burana - Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - "O Fortuna"San Francisco Symphony 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Orff: Carmina Burana - Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - "Fortune plango vulnera"San Francisco Symphony 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Orff: Carmina Burana - 1. Primo vere - "Veris leta facies"San Francisco Symphony 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Orff: Carmina Burana - 1. Primo vere - "Omnia Sol temperat"San Francisco Symphony 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Orff: Carmina Burana - 1. Primo vere - "Ecce gratum"San Francisco Symphony 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Orff: Carmina Burana - Uf dem Anger - DanceSan Francisco Symphony 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Orff: Carmina Burana - Uf dem Anger - "Floret silva nobilis"San Francisco Symphony 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Orff: Carmina Burana - Uf dem Anger - "Chramer, gip die varwe mir"San Francisco Symphony 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Orff: Carmina Burana - Uf dem Anger - "Swaz hie gat umbe" - "Chume, chum geselle min"San Francisco Symphony 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Orff: Carmina Burana - Uf dem Anger - "Were diu werlt alle min"San Francisco Symphony0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Orff: Carmina Burana - 2. In Taberna - "Estuans interius"San Francisco Symphony 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Orff: Carmina Burana - 2. In Taberna - "Olim lacus colueram"San Francisco Symphony 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Orff: Carmina Burana - 2. In Taberna - "Ego sum abbas"San Francisco Symphony 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Orff: Carmina Burana - 2. In Taberna - "In taberna quando sumus"San Francisco Symphony 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Amor volat undique"San Francisco Symphony 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Dies, nox et omnia"San Francisco Symphony 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Stetit puella"San Francisco Symphony 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Circa mea pectora"San Francisco Symphony 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Si puer cum puellula"San Francisco Symphony0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Veni, veni, venias"San Francisco Symphony0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "In trutina"San Francisco Symphony 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Tempus est iocundum"San Francisco Symphony 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Orff: Carmina Burana - 3. Cour d'amours - "Dulcissime"San Francisco Symphony0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Orff: Carmina Burana - Blanziflor et Helena - "Ave formosissima"San Francisco Symphony 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Orff: Carmina Burana - Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - "O Fortuna"San Francisco Symphony 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041YC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BLOMSTEDT HERBERT / SAN FRANCISCO S. O. ORFF: CARMINA BURANA

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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

Customer Reviews

Mr Blomstedt's control of all the forces is truly memorable.
Jeff S Wright
Sound quality - which I think is often overlooked or underappreciated - is absolutely superb in this recording.
dysee
I have discovered a new love for classical music with this piece.
Andrew Jessop

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeff S Wright on September 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Buxton on February 2, 2000
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It says much about the quality of a recording when you can listen to it and be completely transported by the music, as happens to me when I play this disc. The sound quality is unsurpassed and the choral pieces are almost haunting in their sheer power. The pounding rythyms of this work and the heroic nature of the score have never been more vividly captured. Fully deserving of its Grammy award.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. C Clark VINE VOICE on January 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dysee on May 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most engrossing recordings of any piece of music I've ever heard. The orchestra is extremely tight and crisp, and the chorus has the power and technique to match them.
Blomstedt does a good job of restraining the performers in the more lyric sections, such as "Chume, chume, geselle min" and "In trutina," to balance out the power of the many fast-and-furious movements. There seems to have been a trend in popular music in the late 80's and 90's toward harder-hitting, more raw and powerful sounds, which I think this performance reflects. The fact that the soloists and chorus sound slightly unrefined (though not uncontrolled) in some places only adds to the feeling of primal energy that I think this piece requires.
Sound quality - which I think is often overlooked or underappreciated - is absolutely superb in this recording. The chorus and brass sound very present and high and low frequencies are well balanced. You'll want to hook up a high-end sound system to enjoy this recording to its fullest. When you do, buckle your seatbelt and brace yourself...this recording is not for the faint of heart.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hodges on January 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This much-recorded chestnut has rarely sounded as powerful as it does on this recording. Blomstedt whips up a huge amount of excitement with overall tempi on the brisk side, but still allows delicate sections to breathe, such as "In Trutina" (with the excellent soprano Lynne Dawson, who sounds clear and focused both here and throughout the recording).
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra is terrific, playing with sparkling precision, and the superb chorus not only sings beautifully in tune but enunciates the Latin text so that every word can be understood. Soloists John Daniecki and Kevin McMillan are also quite fine, and Decca's sound quality is ultra-clear, which only underlines Blomstedt's crisp interpretation.
Among fairly recent recordings of this piece, Muti and Dutoit are other favorites. Some listeners may admire versions with specific soloists, such as Jochum's with Gundula Janowitz or Levine's with June Anderson. But this one is hard to beat as an overall, highly satisfying choice - and reminds us of why this piece became a chestnut in the first place.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Jessop on December 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have discovered a new love for classical music with this piece. Carl Orff was a fantastic melodist with a great knowledge of how to effect a listener. His beginning and ending movements are somewhat dark, yet energetic. However, he also mixes new styles of music in much more joyous themes. I think that the many groups from San Francisco have given listeners a clear understanding of what it feels like to stand up and truly enjoy a great piece of music. It would be near impossible to choose a favorite section of this piece. The CD is best when listened to as a whole. Not completely satisfied with the fact that the CD ends, I found myself (on more than one occasion) hitting the "REPEAT" button on my player. I hope you enjoy this selection as I have.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2002
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This is an incredibly refined performance.
Those who have had the privilege of listening to Maestro Blomstedt's live performances will understand his grasp of clarity and balance. In this rendition of Orff's masterpiece, he gives us a performance so clear that the listener believes himself to be reading the score.
The percussion, emphasized in some recordings to achieve a superficially brilliant effect, is brought into balance with the rest of the ensemble, yet still provides the necessary aural spice. The Maestro shows us that this is well written and beautiful music, and allows the ingredients to speak for themselves.
Nevertheless, the work as presented still contains the erotic power and drive of Orff's conception. This is amazing since Maestro Blomstedt is a Seventh Day Adventist, and the expressions in this music, and in particular in "In Taberna" must be anathema to his personal beliefs.
I do not know who troubled to write the pans that appear elsewhere on this page, but they must have listened to far too many trite performances of this major work. And as far as characterizing Orff as unoriginal is concerned, he may not be another Mozart, but he is still a pretty good Orff.
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