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Orff: Carmina Burana / Petibon, Gerhaher, Bunz, Harding

Release Date: 09/21/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001456102  
Composer:  Carl Orff
Performer:  Hans Werner BunzPatricia PetibonChristian Gerhaher
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys ChoirBavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ORFF Carmina Burana Daniel Harding, cond; Bavarian RSO and Ch; Tölz Children’s Ch; Patricia Petibon (sop); Hans-Werner Bunz (ten); Christian Gerhaher (bar) DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 477 8778 (61:31 Text and Translation)

The newest performance comes from Daniel Harding, a conductor who has been recording for over a decade, though this is my first acquaintance with him. The live recording was made in the Gasteig, the home of the Munich Philharmonic, rather than the Herkulessaal, where this Read more orchestra usually plays. The booklet notes are the first (to my knowledge) to address directly the question of the work’s quality. In the interview Harding makes a balanced case for the composer’s 20th-century approach to medieval texts. He addresses Christian Gerhaher’s description of the work as “magisterially meretricious” and manipulative by saying that paradoxically it is also honest. Another note states that the texts sung in this performance are the same ones that Orff set, which came from Schmeller’s editions of 1847 and 1904, rather than the critical edition of the original texts by Hilka and Schumann (1930–70). This is not an issue that has ever been raised before to my knowledge, and my present interests leave me no time to go back over the 56 recordings in my collection (I don’t have the rest) to see what others might have done, if anything, about revising the text setting. Harding’s soloists include a soprano whose intonation falls short of most of the singers who have essayed this very grateful music. The tenor is quite satisfactory, while Christian Gerhaher improves on his falsetto-ridden performance under Rattle. The hard tone of the boys from Tölz is just right for this music, and the chorus and orchestra trace their familiarity with the music back to Jochum’s premiere recording of October 1952.

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Works on This Recording

Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Performer:  Hans Werner Bunz (Tenor), Patricia Petibon (Soprano), Christian Gerhaher (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 

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