Carl Orff – Carmina Burana

27 May

Carl Orff - Carmina Burana _ Eichhorn DS261f sm

Probably not the version people would be expecting (perhaps another day for that one), this is a lesser known version, but non-the-less enjoyable

Lucia Popp, John van Kesteren, Hermann Prey, Karl Kreile, Anton Rosner, Heinrich Weber, Paul Hansen, Guenter Haussier, Josef Weber, Toelzer Knabenchor, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Kurt Eichhorn & Muencher Rundfunkorchester

Release: DS261f

Source: SQ CD

Process: SQ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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7 Responses to “Carl Orff – Carmina Burana”

  1. Q! September 14, 2013 at 18:12 #

    It would be great to get this version:

    “The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, superbly prepared by Robert Page sang beautifully. The Orchestra itself adapted enthusiastically to the highly unortodox seating plan. The quadraphonic listener will hear winds, brass and percussion sounding from locations behind the conductor. The soloist sang with sensitivity and drama. And the indefatigable Michael Tilson Thomas directed a hair-raising performance from his perc located int he exact center of a musician-filled area exceeding 6,000 square feet. ”

    MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS – CARMINA BURANA – 1974 COLUMBIA #MX33172 / QUADRAPHONIC

  2. Owen Smith July 22, 2013 at 14:18 #

    I forgot to say, the opening always reminds me of one of my grandads. He was a bit of a joker, and when the Old Spice adverts were on the TV he always used to say the surfer doing the pipelining in the big wave was him in his younger days. I believed him up until about the age of 8, I suspect kids today wouldn’t be so gullible.

  3. Owen Smith July 22, 2013 at 13:33 #

    This version is pretty good. Well recorded and the rear speakers show good sense of the recording space. Seems to be a moderate sized hall not a recording studio, there’s a fair amount of ambience (listen to the ends of suddenly finished movements).

    I will say the brass section occasionally needs to remember that it is the conductor that is in charge of the tempo. The worst culprits are the trumpets in track 6 racing ahead of the other instruments. The orchestra just about holds together but it feels is if they wouldn’t have done had track 6 continued much longer. There are other examples of waywardness from the brass in both tempo and volume but that is the worst example. This is not to say the other instruments are perfect, but as a brass player I listen out for the brass more.

    • oxforddickie July 22, 2013 at 13:40 #

      Interesting insight. Knowing a little of your past, you obviously can pick these little bits up that most of us would miss. Thanks, will need to re-listen to it.

    • Owen Smith July 22, 2013 at 14:15 #

      People with expertise in an area often pick things up others don’t. Audio engineers notice flaws in a recording that others can’t hear even when pointed out. The guys that re-surface roads know how hard they can brake on a surface without skidding based on how worn it looks. I hear faults with orchestral playing, especially in the brass section. It can be a curse as much as a blessing, my dad can’t enjoy some recordings due to one or two mistakes in it he can’t bear to listen to. I’m not that fussy, I just smile and think “of they go again, brass section rushing to get to the bar first”.

  4. startrek1701 May 31, 2013 at 02:38 #

    Most are probably hoping for the Previn version. But, may I suggest the Tilson Thomas/Cleveland version.

    • oxforddickie May 31, 2013 at 10:06 #

      Yes, most probably were hoping for the Previn version.I have it, and it will be released at some time.

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