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Orff: Carmina Burana; Stravinsky: Fireworks, Circus Polka / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Popp


Release Date: 01/07/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74747   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl OrffIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  John NobleLucia PoppGerhard UngerRaymond Wolansky
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraNew Philharmonia ChorusWandsworth School Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 more
Read 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]

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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmina burana by Carl Orff
Performer:  John Noble (Baritone), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Gerhard Unger (Tenor),
Raymond Wolansky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1965 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Language: Latin 
2.
Fireworks, Op. 4 by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
3.
Circus Polka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 

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