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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

1. 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. 

Sound Samples

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

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