Few rivals match Frühbeck de Burgos in the way he finds warmth and tenderness as well as energy in this compelling score. The soloists are first rate, notably the silver-toned Lucia Popp.
Over the years, whenever I have reviewed new versions of this much-recorded work, this vintage account from Frühbeck has provided one of the comparisons. Always I have had it reinforced not just how persuasive the performance is—colourful, dramatic, superbly sung and played with consistent resilience—but how vivid the recording remains. It is true that it cannot match the latest contenders in its frequency range, but with a warm, believable ambience, the ear compensates for that, and the balances are a great deal moreRead more convincing than on many newer accounts. In the mid-sixties few conductors matched Frühbeck in the way he drew the finest from the New Philharmonia Chorus, and this is a vintage example of his work. Few rivals match him in the way he finds warmth and tenderness as well as energy in this shallow but compelling score. The soloists are first rate too, notably the silver-toned Lucia Popp.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [5/1983] Read less
Works on This Recording
Carmina buranaby Carl Orff Performer:
Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Gerhard Unger (Tenor),
Raymond Wolansky (Baritone),
John Noble (Bass)
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
New Philharmonia Orchestra,
New Philharmonia Chorus
Period: 20th Century Written: 1936; Germany Date of Recording: 06/1965 Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studio 1, London, England Length: 61 Minutes 10 Secs. Language: Latin Notes: This selection was formerly available on EMI Studio Series catalog number 69060.
Boléroby Maurice Ravel Conductor:
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1928; France Date of Recording: 11/1966 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs.
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A Classic recording enhancedFebruary 19, 2013By Arthur Leonard (New York, NY)See All My Reviews"This fall I attended a performance of the Orff with Fruhbeck De Burgos conducting the New York Philharmonic, and was reminded of how much I had enjoyed the original LP release of this performance as a youngster. I bought the CD as soon as EMI released in back in the 1980s, but somehow it had disappeared from my collection. So I was delighted that ArkivMusic had reissued the more recent EMI issue. The sound is miles above the original LP release, and it is great to have this classic recording again, with a fine Bolero to stretch out the disk to a respectable length for today."Report Abuse