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Orff: Trionfi - Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina, Trionfo Di Afrodite / Kegel, Leipzig Radio Chorus & Orchestra


Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 300066   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Orff
Performer:  Horst HiestermannKarl-Heinz StryczekCelestina CasapietraGünther Philipp,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio ChorusLeipzig Radio OrchestraDresden Children's Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These luminous, lyrical performances of Orff’s famous trilogy aren’t the most hard hitting or rhythmically percussive (in Carmina burana), but they are quite simply the best sung. The choruses are fabulous. This makes Catulli carmina a particular joy from beginning to end, as it consists mainly of a cappella choral writing, while even in Carmina burana Kegel finds textures and timbres that subtly illuminate the vocal lines above them. Trionfo di Afrodite, generally regarded as the weakest of the three works, becomes a natural culmination in this performance, its musical values maximized and the screaming and shouting nicely integrated into the ongoing flow of events. Alas, the attractive booklet contains no texts, and the “deluxe” brown Read more velvet slipcase feels disgusting, but you simply can’t beat the performances taken as a whole.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [3/1/2012]
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Works on This Recording

1. Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Performer:  Horst Hiestermann (Tenor), Karl-Heinz Stryczek (Baritone), Celestina Casapietra (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra,  Dresden Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
2. Catulli carmina by Carl Orff
Performer:  Günther Philipp (Piano), Wolfgang Wappler (Piano), Jutta Czapski (Piano),
Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Gerhard Erber (Piano), Ute Mai (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1943; Germany 
3. Trionfo di Afrodite by Carl Orff
Performer:  Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Regina Werner (Soprano), Renate Krahmer (Soprano),
Isabella Nawe (Soprano), Karl-Heinz Stryczek (Baritone), Reiner Süss (Bass),
Horst Hiestermann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 The definitive Orff Trionfi March 11, 2014 By Robin H. (Carlisle, MA) See All My Reviews "I bought this album (2 CDs) primarily for the two less well-known parts of the Trionfi as I have several recordings of Carmina Burana. I still have a vinyl recording of Trionfi from many years ago. And I was really happy with this Leipzig production of Catulli Carmina and the Trionfo di Afrodite. Outstandingly clear and accurate performances from singers and "orchestra" alike. But it was actually the recording of Carmina Burana that really blew me away. This is by far the best recording I've heard of that very popular work. The dynamic range is amazing. The soloists are excellent, the (full) orchestra is excellent. If you only know Orff's music through Carmina Burana, then do yourself a favor and buy this recording - you will soon love the whole thing." Report Abuse
 Carmia Burana October 8, 2012 By Gary Denni (San Pedro, CA) See All My Reviews "First of all you should buy this recording just to hear a great chours. The Radio Leipzig Chours is spot on. They have great line and have the wonderful ability to shape a phrase. They never break blend,and they are a pleasure to listen to. That being said Herbert Kegel goes for beautiful line and wonderful phrasing. Usually this is the correct approach to most pieces of music but it does not work here. Carmina Burana is a piece of music that consists of rhythm and line and Kegel eschews rhythm for line. Eugen Jochum and the Berlin Opera Chours used line and rhythm in their 1968 with superior effect. One must remember that in a choral piece you are telling a story (thats what text is all about). Jochum with attention to rhythm and line tells a better story then Herbert Kegel, it also has more intensity. The soloists in both recordings are very good, but Karl-Heinz Stryczek is no match for Fischer-Dieskau (few baritones are) in the roased swan sequence. You could drive a Mack truck through Stryczek's vibrato. I will review Catulli Carmina and Trionfo Di Afrodite at a later date. Gary Denni San Pedro, Ca." Report Abuse
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