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Orff: Catulli Carmina, Trionfo di Afrodite / Welser-Most

Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 55517   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Orff
Performer:  Dagmar SchellenbergerLothar OdiniusLisa LarssonAlfred Reiter,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony OrchestraLinz Mozart Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a most welcome issue, since Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite are under-represented in the current catalogue, unlike Carmina Burana which is here given a lithe and vigorous reading with spectacular playing from the LPO and fine singing from the choruses.

Barbara Hendricks’s vibrato may not be to all tastes and Jeffrey Black is too genial, lacking the requisite slancio quality his part demands, whilst Michael Chance’s beautiful tone is not what was intended by the composer since a tenor singing in his highest register is specified. Nevertheless, this performance is more than the sum of its parts and Welser-Most’s attention to detail is evidence of his careful and considered approach. In the central section of
Read more Catulli Carmina, the unaccompanied settings of Catullus are well realized with secure intonation and variety of expression and the prologue, with its insistent ostinatos for four pianos and percussion, is quite electrifying.

Trionfo di Afrodite receives a thrilling and compelling performance and the final, orgiastic shouts of the chorus greeting the appearance of the goddess, make it the climax of the whole triptych. As bride and bridegroom, Dagmar Schellenberger and Lothar Odinius rise to the challenges of their parts with their wide-ranging and melismatic melodic lines, although the soprano eschews the top E which concludes the duet representing their wedding-night. A pity, too, that the voices were not placed off-stage as the score requires at this point.

The other soloists and chorus sing with conviction and enthusiasm, supported by colourful and confident orchestral playing. Just occasionally, Welser-Most presses ahead when Orff directs otherwise, but he draws out the dramatic qualities inherent in these works which were conceived for the theatre and despite quibbles and blemishes, this set is now my preferred version of Trionfo.

The single disc, pairing the less familiar pieces, with excellent notes and translations, is highly recommended to those willing to discover that Orff was by no means a ‘one work’ composer.' -- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

Catulli carmina by Carl Orff
Performer:  Dagmar Schellenberger (Soprano), Lothar Odinius (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Linz Mozart Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941-1943; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 37 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Trionfo di Afrodite by Carl Orff
Performer:  Lisa Larsson (Soprano), Dagmar Schellenberger (Soprano), Alfred Reiter (Bass),
Lothar Odinius (Tenor), Eva Maria Nöbauer (Soprano), Barbara Reiter (Alto),
Klaus Kuttler (Baritone), Robert Swensen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Linz Mozart Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Bavarian Radio, Munich 
Length: 41 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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