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Orff: Carmina Burana / Stecher, Otto, Landauer, Helm

Orff / Wilten Boy's Choir / Stecher
Release Date: 08/10/2010 
Label:  Gramola   Catalog #: 98849   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Orff
Performer:  Gudrun Sidonie OttoBernhard LandauerMatthias Helm
Conductor:  Johannes Stecher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiltener Boys' ChoirThe Next StepTelfs Children's Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"What makes the new Gramola recording unique is the Wilten Boys’ Choir, an Austrian organization located in the Tyrol that claims to share its roots with the Vienna Choir Boys. While the score calls for a group of ragazzi in tracks 15 and 22, in addition to the mixed chorus in the rest of the work, the mixed chorus is replaced here by the boys and men of Wilten. I was prepared to dismiss the whole group of recordings of the arrangement as useless discs, given the availability of the much more effective orchestral version in countless versions, many of them very good. But while that much is true, I was impressed by this superb performance. The choir is large, the voices strong, the rhythmic propulsion undeniable. The last point is a Read more credit to Joahnnes Stecher, the director of the choir since 1991, who also keeps tempos up to speed. The soloists include an effective baritone, a less effective countertenor (the voice of choice of several other conductors in dodging the high tessitura of track 12), and a soprano whose part is always well served. The ragazzi movements are effectively contrasted by bringing in three children’s choirs from schools of the region; their voices are not at all like the professionally schooled Wilten boys. The Next Step is the name of the percussion ensemble and Duo d’Accord is the piano duo. Of the first four recordings of this arrangement, I found only the BIS disc worthy of even a qualified recommendation. BIS has a better tenor but less-effective shifting tempos. Gramola is an age-old Austrian label that has only this year won an American distributor; not even listed in the Bielefelder Katalog, it flew under the radar until it launched a Web site a couple of years ago. Hence it is worth noting that its state-of-the-art engineering matches the excellence of the renowned BIS label. Only a single cough called my attention to this as a live performance (the brief applause comes only at the end)."

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Works on This Recording

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Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Performer:  Gudrun Sidonie Otto (), Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Matthias Helm ()
Conductor:  Johannes Stecher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiltener Boys' Choir,  The Next Step,  Telfs Children's Choir  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/25/2007 
Venue:  Sportzentrum Telfs, Tyrol 
Length: 50 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: Fortune plango vulnera
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): I. Primo vere: Veris leta facies
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): I. Primo vere: Omnia sol temperat
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): I. Primo vere: Ecce gratum
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Uf dem anger: Tanz
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Uf dem anger: Floret Silva
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Uf dem anger: Chramer, gip die varwe mir
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Uf dem anger: Reie - Swaz hie gat umbre - Chume, chum geselle min - Swaz hie gat umbe
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Uf dem anger: Were diu werlt alle min
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): II. In taberna: Estuans interius
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): II. In taberna: Olim lacus colueram
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): II. In taberna: Ego sum abbas
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): II. In taberna: In taberna quando sumus
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Amor volat undique
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Dies, nox et omnia
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Stetit puella
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Circa mea pectora
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Si puer cum puellula
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Veni, veni, venias
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: In trutina
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Tempus est iocundum
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): III. Cour d'amours: Dulcissime
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Blanziflor et Helena: Ave formosissima
Carmina Burana (version for soloists, choruses, 2 pianos and percussion): Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna

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