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Orff: Carmina Burana / Tilson Thomas, Blegen, Riegel, Et Al

Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 92602   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Orff
Performer:  Kenneth RiegelJudith BlegenPeter Binder
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraCleveland Orchestra ChorusCleveland Orchestra Boys Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a terrifically exciting performance of Orff's popular chestnut. Tempos are swift, from the opening "O fortuna" onward. The soloists are uniformly excellent, especially Judith Blegen, whose "In trutina" remains one of the most beautiful ever recorded. Robert Page's Cleveland Orchestra Chorus sings with musicality, enthusiasm, and superb discipline. Of the composer's Bavarian roots and earthy humor there's nary a shred. This is Orff seen through the lens of Stravinsky's Les Noces. Michael Tilson Thomas hammers home the work's repetitive rhythms with obsessive, mechanical precision, aided by playing of characteristic brilliance and transparency from the Cleveland Orchestra. It is certainly a legitimate view of the work, but one about Read more as far removed from Jochum's warmth and folksiness (DG) as Cleveland is from Munich. The sonics, multi-miked to the hilt and originally designed to present a different placement of each individual number, may strike your ears as overly processed (big surprise)--but they actually support the interpretation. In sum--an unusual and extreme rendition, really well done.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Performer:  Kenneth Riegel (Tenor), Judith Blegen (Soprano), Peter Binder (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  Cleveland Orchestra Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 

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 Best Version July 24, 2017 By John Banks See All My Reviews "I have several different versions of Carmina and this is the one to have. I may be incorrect but when Columbia re-released it they did so using the "SQ" format, at least that how it seems to me. I know Carl Orff did not like this version but I sure did. Enjoy!" Report Abuse
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