HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Frühbeck De Burgos)

This copy seems to be a promotional one, because of a sticker on the rear cover, “telling” that this is “Manufacturers Property Not For Sale”.
This recording was made shortly after Frühbeck de Burgos had lead the piece in concert with the New Philharmonia. The performance, which he conducted from memory, was hailed as a breakthrough in nuanced yet sometimes barbaric intensity. The chorus and soloists gave Frühbeck de Burgos everything he asked for in this recording. I highly recommend this recording.

# Composer: Carl Orff
# Performer: Lucia Popp, Gerhard Unger, Raymond Wolansky, John Noble
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
# Vinyl (1966)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 10

# Size: 2:36 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

In a Field of Strong Competition, This CARMINA BURANA Remains at the Top!

The ever popular Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA is performed frequently and recorded regularly, and the quality of the performances ranging from amateur ensembles to the finest orchestras in the world always seem to satisfy audiences at least on some level: much of that fact is due to the quality of the piece itself. No, it’s not profound, but it is a beautifully conceived, written and orchestrated (with a nod to some excellent choral writing and solo work) that it would take a very bad performance to fail to uncover the joys of hearing it repeatedly.

For this listener this older recording of the cantata is the strongest of all. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, the Wandsworth School Boy’s Choir and soloists soprano Lucia Popp, tenor Gerhard Unger, and baritones Raymond Wolansky, and John Noble in a performance that is excitingly propulsive, pausing for dramatic emphasis when the score calls for that and driving to spectacular climaxes as they arise. The orchestra is sensitively responsive to his subtle touches with superb solo desk playing as in the ‘Olim lacus colueram’ introduction. The chorus is lusty at times and romantic at other times. Lucia Popp’s radiant soprano makes ‘In Trutina’ soar, and the other solo and duet roles are sung as well as any on disc.

But it is the shaping of this performance that makes it so special and under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos this work that approaches over-exposure sounds fresh and new with every repeat hearing!

Pay attention: The low (relative low) DR is due to the fact that the work (normally on three LP-sides) was here  pressed on two sides, with a duration of 30-31 minutes each side. This doesn’t mean, itsn’t fantastic anyway 😉




Carmina Burana – Cantiones Profanae


Fortuna Imperatrix

A1 O Fortuna 2:49
A2 Fortune Plango Vulnera 2:51

I. Primo Vere

A3 Veris Leta Facies 3:53
A4 Omnia Sol Temperat (Baritone – Raymond Wolansky) 1:43
A5 Ecce Gratum 2:54

Uf Dem Anger

A6 Tanz 1:59
A7 Floret Silva 3:31
A8 Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir 3:36
A9 Reie: Swaz Hie Gat Umbe / Chume, Chum Geselle Min / Swaz Hie Gat Umbe 5:12
A10 Were Diu Werit Alle Min 0:54

II. In Taberna

B1 Estuans Interius (Baritone – Raymond Wolansky) 2:24
B2 Olim Lacus Colueram (Tenor – Gerhard Unger) 3:24
B3 Ego Sum Abbas (Baritone – Raymond Wolansky) 1:16
B4 In Taberna Quando Sumus (Baritone – Raymond Wolansky) 3:22

III. Cours D’amour

B5 Amor Volat Undique (Soprano – Lucia Popp) 3:16
B6 Dies, Nox Et Omnia (Baritone – John Noble) 2:07
B7 Stetit Puella (Soprano – Lucia Popp) 2:12
B8 Circa Mea Pectora (Baritone – Raymond Wolansky) 2:11
B9 Si Puer Cum Puellula 0:57
B10 Veni, Veni, Venias 0:55
B11 In Trutina (Soprano – Lucia Popp) 2:07
B12 Tempus Est Iocundum (Baritone – Raymond Wolansky Soprano – Lucia Popp) 2:25
B13 Dulcissime (Soprano – Lucia Popp) 0:32

Blanziflor Et Helena

B14 Ave Formosissima 1:43

Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi

B15 O Fortuna 2:48


Analyzed folder: /192kCaOr_CaBu_FrDeBu/192k Orff – Carmina Burana (Fruehbeck De Burgos)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR9        -1.42 dB     -14.39 dB     A1 O Fortuna.wav
DR9        -2.20 dB     -16.75 dB     A2 Fortune Plango Vulnera.wav
DR15        -8.12 dB     -29.87 dB     A3 Veris Leta Facies.wav
DR12        -13.85 dB     -32.53 dB     A4 Omnia Sol Temperat.wav
DR9        -2.61 dB     -16.85 dB     A5 Ecce Gratum.wav
DR10        -1.82 dB     -17.45 dB     A6 Tanz.wav
DR13        -1.83 dB     -21.26 dB     A7 Floret Silva.wav
DR13        -13.01 dB     -28.89 dB     A8 Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir.wav
DR11        -2.65 dB     -20.53 dB     A9 Reie (Swaz Hie Gat Umbe-Chume, Chum Geselle Min-Swaz Hie Gat Umbe).wav
DR9        -1.05 dB     -13.35 dB     A10 Were Diu Werit Alle Min.wav
DR10        -2.18 dB     -15.95 dB     B1 Estuans Interius.wav
DR12        -2.48 dB     -21.21 dB     B2 Olim Lacus Colueram.wav
DR10        -0.83 dB     -16.15 dB     B3 Ego Sum Abbas.wav
DR9        -2.24 dB     -15.48 dB     B4 In Taberna Quando Sumus.wav
DR13        -7.93 dB     -27.92 dB     B5 Amor Volat Undique.wav
DR11        -8.51 dB     -26.08 dB     B6 Dies, Nox Et Omnia.wav
DR11        -10.59 dB     -26.87 dB     B7 Stetit Puella.wav
DR9        -2.05 dB     -15.96 dB     B8 Circa Mea Pectora.wav
DR11        -3.59 dB     -20.78 dB     B9 Si Puer Cum Puellula.wav
DR8        -2.09 dB     -14.69 dB     B10 Veni, Veni, Venias.wav
DR12        -11.89 dB     -28.93 dB     B11 In Trutina.wav
DR10        -3.05 dB     -18.39 dB     B12 Tempus Est Iocundum.wav
DR6        -6.81 dB     -20.47 dB     B13 Dulcissime.wav
DR8        -2.15 dB     -12.21 dB     B14 Ave Formosissima.wav
DR8        -1.50 dB     -14.56 dB     B15 O Fortuna.wav
Number of files:    25
Official DR value:    DR10



  • Composer – Carl Orff
  • Baritone Vocals – John Noble, Raymond Wolansky
  • Chorus Master [New Philharmonia Chorus] – Wilhelm Pitz
  • Chorus Master [Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir] – Russell Burgess
  • Orchestra – New Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
  • Conductor – Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos
  • Producer – Neville Boyling (tracks: 26), Peter Andry (tracks: 1-25)
  • Remastered By – Paul Baily (tracks: 26)
  • Soprano Vocals – Lucia Popp
  • Tenor Vocals – Gerhard Unger


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares? Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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14 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Frühbeck De Burgos)

  1. Thanks a lot, Signore. for my felt 50th try in loving and not only adoring the compositional perfection of Orff’s Carmina. Curious about this from the description, though I admit I never heard of the existance of this recording before. That does not mean anything, though…

  2. This is truly exciting! Rachmaninov, with his lifetime’s experience, endorses this Carmina most highly! One can’t say no to that. Thank you!

  3. oh wow, allthough i got the wonderfull Carmina with the young Janowitz i hope – no i now that lucia popp will be great.
    Dulcissime at its best. Great and thanks again for that

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I saw this post and thought, “Hmm. I have no idea what that is but it sure does look and sound interesting.” When I saw the name Lucia Popp and read your praise of her, my level of excitement reached such a height! I feel that, much like the movies, names of your favorite people help you discover other people. For example, I’m quite a fan of Marlene Dietrich. I watched the film “Der blaue Engel” because she performed in it and this introduced me to the great Emil Jannings. It also introduced me to Josef von Sternberg’s directing. Perhaps it’s not the best way of doing things but I feel it has certainly worked for me.

  5. Great Carmina! Thank you Mr Rachmaninov for another gem on this site which actually is a real treasure chest for music lovers! Many thanks.

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