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Orff: Carmina Burana - Version For Soloists, Choir, 2 Pianos And 6 Percussionists

Orff / Ruiten / Genz / Swr Vokalensemble Stuggart
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93280   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Orff
Conductor:  Rupert Huber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SWR Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ORFF Carmina Burana Rupert Huber, cond; SWR Voc Ens Stuttgart; Children’s Ch of the Stuttgart St Op; Lenneke Ruiten (s); Christoph Genz (ten); Stephan Genz (bar); GrauSchumacher Pn Duo; Perc Ens HÄNSSLER CD 93.280 (59:55 Text and Translation)

This is the sixth CD version of Carl Orff’s reduction of his cantata for piano duo and percussion ensemble. The most recent version, Johannes Stecker’s on Gramola ( Fanfare 34:3), Read more is the only one that won favor over the many recordings of the original scoring. The arrangement is useful for schools, but there seems to be no point in buying a recording of it when the complete original scoring is just as readily available. Even so, this new version has some talking points. The chorus gives as good a performance as I have ever heard, and the children’s chorus has the focused sound of the better boys’ choirs. Christoph Genz is better than most tenors who have recorded the part; not a countertenor, nor does he slip into falsetto, he forces the hard tones of his upper range just as “Olim lacus colueram” calls for. The baritone is less fortunate, frequently lacking in accurate pitches. The soprano matches most of her competition in a part that is grateful to any competent singer. This is strong competition to Stecker, who uses a countertenor soloist. The sound is splendid.

Altogether, this performance ranks with the better recordings except in the important element of the orchestral scoring. For that, one must turn to Seiji Ozawa on Philips (13:2), Charles Dutoit on Decca (21:4), or Donald Runnicles on Telarc (25:4).

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Rupert Huber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SWR Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Notes: Version for soloists, mixed choir, children's choir, 2 pianos and 6 percussionists arranged by Wilhelm Killmayer. 

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