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Carl Orff: Carmina Burana / Duffy, Panuccio, Schmutzhard

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor Kristjan Jarvi is a unique musical personality, pushing classical music borders with fresh ideas, charisma and technical prowess. As the visionary conductor that he is, Järvi interprets Carmina Burana in his own way adding an incomparable style to the recording while bringing out a distinctive sound from the orchestra. As the new principle conductor of the MDR Orchestra, Järvi plans to steer this famous traditional ensemble on a new course without sacrificing any of its specific sound. Thanks to Järvi's varied background, a work like Carl Orff's Carmina Burana - which he opens his first season with the MDR - appears in a new light. Carmina Burana's sensational success was unexpected: the texts that Orff set to music seemed as old-fashioned and arcane at the time as they do now. They are taken from one of the largest 13th century collections of secular poetry written in Latin, High German and Old French. Orff grabbed the interest of music lovers worldwide with this powerful score. Järvi will follow in his footsteps with his new and innovative version.

The Independent, September 2012
Järvi's version of Orff's masterpiece dives headfirst into the same elemental wellspring from which Stravinsky drew his Rite Of Spring, indulging the extremes of its dynamic range with gusto.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
From the beginning the pattern here is that the conductor is high octane and very excitable. Wow! Listen to how fast those trumpets are!


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