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Orff: Carmina Burana / Jochum, Janowitz, Stolze, et al

Album Summary

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The 'added presence and brilliance, greater spatial definition' claimed for this reissue in the series 'The Originals' is attributed to 'original-image bit-processing,'...this is the best-sounding pressing this version has had (I have two LPs and both CDs), and the performance is better than the majority of the others...With 'Originals' like these at mid price, no wonder the major labels hesitate to make new, full-priced recordings." -Weber, Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Since its original release, Jochum's performance has consistently been a prime recommendation for this muchrecorded piece. Listening to it again in the superbly remastered sound, one can easily hear why. He pays great attention to detail - particularly with regard to tempo and articulation - yet the performance as a whole has a tremendous cogent sweep and the choruses have terrific power. The more reflective sections aren't neglected, however, and movements such as 'Stetit Puella', with Janowitz sounding alluring and fey, have surely never been more sensitively handled. Stolze is ideal as the roasted swan and Fischer-Dieskau encompasses the very varied requirements of the baritone's music with ease.

This distinguished performance, authorised by the composer and here sounding better than ever, retains its place at the head of the queue.


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Works Details

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
  • Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Gerhard Stolze (Tenor); Gundula Janowitz
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
  • Running Time: 51 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936