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Orff: Carmina Burana / harding, Petibon

Album Summary

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Daniel Harding conducts one of the most popular pieces of the classical canon: Carl Orff's cantata, Carmina Burana, a composition that continually attracts an audience both inside and outside of classical music. The superb trio of vocal soloists are soprano Patricia Petibon, tenor Hans-Werner Bunz, and baritone Christian Gerhaher.

"Supported by crystalline soprano Patricia Petibon, stalwart tenor Hans-Werner Bunz and rugged baritone Christian Gerhaher, Harding's interpretation throws a different light on the work's rhythmic drive...The popular "O Fortuna" doesn't lack gusto, but it's neatly balanced by the subtlety of the choir" -The Independent

"Love it or hate it, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana does benefit when its bombast is balanced by careful orchestral and vocal shading and pacing. Those are qualities that distinguish Daniel Harding's interpretation... Harding detects far more subtlety and variety in the score than might sometimes be in evidence." -The Telegraph

"It's certainly a notably tight and disciplined performance... I like the way that Harding gets precision in the difficult choral staccato rhythms without being irritatingly punctilious... Overall this is a Carmina Burana for those convinced that the work is irredeemably vulgar: Harding finds a wider range of colour and refinement than almost any other conductor." -BBC Music Magazine

"It's the tremendous punch and crispness of the chorus and orchestra (the brass and percussion are on fire) that makes this version outstanding, aided and abetted by DG's superb engineering." -Classic FM Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich (04/2010).


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Works Details

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
  • Performers: Hans Bunz (Tenor); Christian Gerhaher (Baritone); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 53 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936