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Orff: Carmina Burana / Oue, Ndr Radiophilharmonie, Hannover Choir

Orff / Ndr Radiophilharmonie / Oue / Meier
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Rondeau Productions   Catalog #: 6030   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Orff
Performer:  Heidi Elisabeth MeierStefan Adam
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Female ChoirHannover Boys' ChoirNorth German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ORFF Carmina Burana Eiji Oue, cond; Heidi Elisabeth Meier (sop); Jean-Sébastien Stengel (ten); Stefan Adam (bar); Hanover Women’s Ch & Boys’ Ch; NDR RPO RONDEAU 6030 (60:58)

This is a very enjoyable presentation of the popular work, but I had to figure out the performing forces. The Knabenchor, founded by Heinz Hennig and now directed by Jörg Breiding, is made up of men and boys, while the Mädchenchor is made up of young women. It sounds as if the main chorus is sung by the men and Read more young women, leaving the boys to sing the ragazzi parts. As such, the choral sound is typical of the best competing versions, and the three soloists are all excellent, with no falsetto from either of the men. At times the choral enunciation is less precise than most choruses achieve, especially in central Europe. Oue’s tempos are straightforward, with none of the vagaries that sometimes mar the work for me.

While the booklet carries no texts, the notes by Ralph Philipp Ziegler are unusually interesting. The information is not new, but the whole story from the 1803 confiscation of the manuscript, the 1847 publication of an edition of the songs, and the 1904 reprint that Carl Orff discovered in 1934, moving him to begin composition immediately, is told in a readable account. We also learn that the NDR Radio Philharmonic is about as old as the more familiar (on records) NDR Symphony Orchestra, but under Eije Oue since 1998 it has won new distinction. (The last Schwann Artist Issue listed some recordings under several conductors, but none under its previous permanent conductors, Steiner, Klee, Macal, or Ceccato.) This has to be added to the short list of recommended recordings of the work.

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Works on This Recording

Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Performer:  Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano), Stefan Adam (Baritone)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hannover Female Choir,  Hannover Boys' Choir,  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 

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