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Carmina Burana - The Passion Play / Binkley, Et Al

Release Date: 11/29/2000 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77813   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Richard MorrisonThomas RagossnigBarbara MarcusSharon Weller,   ... 
Conductor:  Thomas Binkley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording, explain the liner notes, attempts to give the listener an authentic version of what the 13th-century listener heard in a church when this anonymous play was performed, and it succeeds with panache. The combination of Gregorian chant, declamations, and vocal solos, accompanied by lute and instrumental solos, is performed by the Mittelalter-Ensemble der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with great fervor.
What is especially unexpected and exciting to the listener is that the songs are punctuated by exclamations, cries, and laughter. For example, "Lazarus, amicus noster dormit" starts out with a solo melody on a shawm (or a similar wind instrument), which is then picked up vocally in a repetitive, almost magical fashion, with an
Read more echo-laden crescendo. The overlay of sound is mysterious and very evocative. After a soft baritone solo, the melody is recapitulated. Then there is a sudden shriek--it is quite dramatic--and the number finishes. At this point it would have been wonderful to have a libretto of sorts to be able to follow the words closely.
This artistic reconstruction of the Carmina Burana makes more serious chant music available to the listener. Read less

Works on This Recording

Carmina burana: Ludus de Passione by Anonymous
Performer:  Richard Morrison (Voice), Thomas Ragossnig (Voice), Barbara Marcus (Voice),
Sharon Weller (Voice), Mathias Schadock (Voice), Alan Horsfield (Voice),
Richard Levitt (Voice), Donald Irving (Voice), Markus Hünninger (Voice),
Meinrad Schweizer (Voice), Paul Gerhard Adam (Voice), Klaus Miehling (Voice),
Antonio Wagner Diniz (Voice), Sonngard Böhlke-Dressler (Voice), Ursula Bartsch (Voice),
Gottfried Wiedenmann (Voice)
Conductor:  Thomas Binkley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1250 
Date of Recording: 03/1983 
Venue:  Live  Barfüsser Church, Basel, Switzerland 
Length: 86 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This recording uses a version of the work reconstructed in 1982, with music compiled from various liturgical and non-liturgical sources. 

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