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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Carmina Burana: O FortunaDonald Runnicles 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Carmina Burana: Fortune plango vulneraAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Carmina Burana: Veris leta faciesAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Carmina Burana: Omnia sol temperatDonald Runnicles 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Carmina Burana: Ecce gratumDonald Runnicles 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Carmina Burana: TanzDonald Runnicles 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Carmina Burana: Floret silva nobilisDonald Runnicles 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Carmina Burana: Chramer, gip die varwe mirDonald Runnicles 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Carmina Burana: Reie and SongsAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Carmina Burana: Were diu werlt alle minAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus0:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Carmina Burana: Estuans interiusAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Carmina Burana: Olim lacus colueramAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Carmina Burana: Ego sum abbasAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 1:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Carmina Burana: In taberna Quando SumusAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Carmina Burana: Amor volat undiqueAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Carmina Burana: Dies, nox et omniaAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Carmina Burana: Stetit puellaAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Carmina Burana: Circa mea pectoraAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Carmina Burana: Si puer cum puellulaAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus0:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Carmina Burana: Veni, veni, veniasAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus0:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Carmina Burana: In trutinaAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 1:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Carmina Burana: Tempus Est IocundumAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Carmina Burana: DulcissimeAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus0:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Carmina Burana: Ave formosissimaAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Carmina Burana: O FortunaAtlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Carl Orff, Donald Runnicles, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Hei-Kyung Hong, Stanford Olsen, et al.
  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00005V0WU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Carl Orff's Stravinskian rabble-rouser retains its appeal. The pagan high-jinks, driving rhythms, and dips into semi-hysteria can be irresistible given the right performance. And, of course, with its dynamic range, from delicately colored quiet passages to heaven-storming climaxes, it's tailor-made for showing off hi-fi systems. Telarc is known for its outstanding sound, and this one's well up to the house standards. The performance is a very good one, coming in just under the top choices, of which the venerable Jochum version on DG remains unsinged as number one. But the combination of the recording quality and the superb Atlanta Symphony Chorus won't fail to please. The orchestra is similarly outstanding, with piercing trumpets and terrific playing throughout. Hong's lovely soprano contributions make her the best of the soloists. Olson and Patriarco let the team down slightly in the popular "In the Tavern" section, the former uneasy in his high-flying part as the roasting swan, the latter rough-sounding at times. Runnicles conducts a powerful performance. After a start that underplays the opening movements, he compensates the rest of the way, making more of the quiet sections (a good part of the work) than most. --Dan Davis

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MildCritter on June 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have long been a fan of Carmina Burana and of the ASO. I bought this CD specifically to get an idea of the influence of new blood on the ASO, as I am no fan of Joel Levi (the previous principal conductor) and had heard many good things about Donald Runnicles. I was terribly disappointed to find that the performance is good, but far from great. I was most surprised to find that the worst of the deficiencies were in the chorus, long among the strongest in the nation. The orchestral preparation was excellent, but unnecessarily restrained. The soloists were quite good, but not spectacular. The chorus was often muddy and indistinct. On the Shaw ASO recording, the chorus was crisp and nearly perfect, but this CD suffers from technical problems in the recording of the chorus. The singers are often too low in the mix, and there is not enough clarity and punch in the all-important speech definition range (2-6kHz) to let their consonants come through clearly.
This is not a bad recording, but it simply does not live up to the potential of either the chorus, the orchestra, or the piece. It is simply too restrained on the part of the orchestra and too unclear on the part of the chorus. The first is a matter of the conductor's interpretation, but the second is a problem in engineering and mixing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a good debut for the Atlanta Symphony's new Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. I like his interpretation of the piece. It is energetic and expressive. The soloists are generally good. The tenor does struggle on his extremly difficult part. The others are good. The Atlanta Symphony Chorus is spectacular as always...Mr. Mackenzie has done a wonderful job where Mr. Shaw tragically left off. The Robert Shaw version of this piece, incidentally, may have an edge over this one. This is definatly worth a listen though. The talented Runnicles does shine here and has made himself a name in Atlanta...San Fran. being his first home. Worth a listen!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Bernhard on December 7, 2005
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I had the privilege of being a member of the children's chorus that sings on several of the tracks. Now, several years later with experience with numerous other professional choral groups under my belt, I still look back on this recording as the best choral excperience of my life.

The soloists have been described as weak in places, which I find a true assessment. However, the soloists that are on the recording were added at the last moment, after scathing reviews of the concert soloists. While this is certainly not an excuse for the somewhat lackluster performance, it is then easy to understand the soloists' degree of uncomfortability with the chorus and orchestra.

Although the technical recording difficulties are evident, this recording still shines above it in my mind. The power of the chorus transcends any of the other problems with the soloists or recording devices. The sonority and tone of the chorus and recording as a whole is well worth the price of the cd. Compared to other recordings of Carmina, this one has such a high feeling of energy that cannot help but touch the listener. Overall, a very good recording. Well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert on February 27, 2011
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I've read enthusiastic reviews about this recording so I've bought it in expectation of something special. Unfortunately it is an average, "middle of the road" performance. As MildCritter wrote: "the performance is good, but far from great".

What I like in it is the contrasts between the different moods. Runnicles takes the peaceful parts slowly which is in good contrast with joyful parts (e.g. in the 9th track). But apart from it the tempos are mainly average. The soloist are good especially the bariton who sings as an opera actor. (Although I don't like his high tones.)

The big problem is that chorus is too far for my taste and the orchestra is almost unaudible in some parts (except the timpani and big drum). The recording lacks the colors of the orchestra and the beautiful orchestration. The sound of the orchestra is muddy (and the chorus too). The chorus sings from right and left mainly not center.

This performance is not bad at all but there is nothing special.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Olson on April 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
That one review about breaking the CD that's pretty dumb. Now, for some of the other people that are talking about the tenor solos, I would like to see you people sing this extremely high line. Beside I have read through my reviews that Orff had written #12 Olim lacus colueram high should a high range not because it sound pretty but because he found the tenor voice when reaching for notes quite appealing there. Plus the song is about being a swan, swan don't make the most beautiful sounds. So there. Sorry but I had to defend the singers because people don't understand all of the studying and practice behind it.
Other wise this CD has a lot of good foot tapping and emotional moments like any other good piece of well performed music. The soprano soloist is fabulous. She is someone that makes you drop your jaw. I believe that the rest of the soloist pull their weight in this rendition of a classic.
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