High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Previn)

Revisited with the whole Black Bird gang…new rip in 192k from March 2016
Being somewhat of a fanatic about Carmina Burana, I have had occasion to listen to several recordings of these songs…and I own around 10 different versions on vinyl and CDs.
This recording is, without a doubt, the best one there. From the opening of ‘O Fortuna’, where the silence speaks as eloquently as the crash of the music, through the solos of the sorpranos at the end, which makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, it is so clear and pure, the performance is superb.

Composer: Carl Orff
Performer: Sheila Armstrong, Gerald English, Thomas Allen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1975)
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.35 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Hats off to EMI for this 1975 recording of the king of chestnuts, Carl Orff’s ever-popular CARMINA BURANA, subtitled ‘A scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra’. There likely is not an orchestra today that hasn’t performed this work – at times for fundraisers, at times by public demand, and at times because it, well, is a terrifically exciting work. Though there are countless fine recordings of this massive piece (including some fine ones of the chamber version with reduced chorus, two pianos and percussion) by some of the biggest and smallest orchestras in the world, this recording surpasses them all. And each recording has its particular merits: varying quality of choral singing, varying children’s choruses, a mixture of soloists with some being outstanding while others on the same recording being only passable, quality of orchestral sound, and quality of conductor.

For this listener, owning a legion of recordings of the work, the one recording that seems to hit the bell on every count is this recording by André Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys’ Choir with tenor Gerald English, baritone Sir Thomas Allen, and soprano Sheila Armstrong. Previn’s conception of the work embraces all the gaudy wildness of the original ‘secular’ texts and at the same time tames them into fluid lines as contrasts – the yin and yang of Carmina Burana. For example, original statements by orchestra and/or chorus are bitingly staccato and percussive while his recapitulations are more connected and smoothly melodic. It makes each of the sections of the cantata endlessly fascinating.

Sheila Armstrong floats the ‘In trutina’ like few other better-known sopranos have recorded. Sir Thomas Allen sings his solos with perfect diction and ravishingly beautiful tone. Gerald English knows just how far to push the roasted swan piece, never making it mawkish, always keeping it musical but humorous. The chorus is exemplary – rich in sound, perfect in pronunciation, able to span the spectrum of dynamics like few others.

This is a rousing performance, one that respects the quality of the work and finds the subtleties in the interplay of the forces, yet in the end is celebratory, sensuous and joyous. For this listener it is perfect! No wonder EMI has placed it in the revered Great Recordings of the Century category.


  Carmina Burana (Cantiones Profanae) Nos. 1 To 25
  Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
A1 O Fortuna 2:45
A2 Fortune Plango Vulnera 2:49
  I. Primo Vere
A3 Veris Leta Facies 4:18
A4 Omnia Sol Temperat 2:07
A5 Ecce Gratum 2:49
  Uf Dem Anger
A6 Tanz 1:41
A7 Floret Silva 3:26
A8 Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir 3:18
A9a Reie 1:57
A9b Swaz Hie Gat Umbe 2:10
A9c Chume, Chum Geselle Min 0:35
A10 Were Diu Werlt Alle Min 0:57
  II. In Taberna
B1 Estuans Interius 2:25
B2 Olim Lacus Colueram 3:47
B3 Ego Sum Abbas 1:22
B4 In Taberna Quando Sumus 3:20
  III. Cour D’Amour
B5 Amor Volat Undique 3:28
B6 Dies, Nox Et Omnia 2:18
B7 Stetit Puella 2:15
B8 Circa Mea Pectora 2:12
B9 Si Puer Cum Puellula 1:04
B10 Veni, Veni, Venias 1:04
B11 In Trutina 2:31
B12 Tempus Est Iocundum 2:23
B13 Dulcissimo 0:41
  Blanziflor Et Helena
B14 Ave Formosissima 1:59
  Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
B15 O Fortuna 2:46


Analyzed folder: /192k Orff – Carmina Burana – Previn
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR10        -2.18 dB     -16.55 dB     A1 Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi – O Fortuna.aif
DR11        -1.74 dB     -15.62 dB     A10 Uf Dem Anger – Were Diu Werlt Alle Min.aif
DR12        -1.56 dB     -19.39 dB     A2 Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi – Fortune Plango Vulnera.aif
DR17        -18.54 dB     -39.37 dB     A3 I. Primo Vere – Veris Leta Facies.aif
DR15        -22.24 dB     -41.22 dB     A4 I. Primo Vere – Omnia Sol Temperat.aif
DR11        -1.86 dB     -18.63 dB     A5 I. Primo Vere – Ecce Gratum.aif
DR11        -2.04 dB     -18.03 dB     A6 Uf Dem Anger – Tanz.aif
DR14        -5.93 dB     -26.80 dB     A7 Uf Dem Anger – Floret Silva.aif
DR12        -19.25 dB     -33.76 dB     A8 Uf Dem Anger – Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir.aif
DR14        -21.22 dB     -38.41 dB     A9a Uf Dem Anger – Reie.aif
DR12        -3.68 dB     -23.03 dB     A9b Uf Dem Anger – Swaz Hie Gat Umbe.aif
DR10        -3.39 dB     -16.97 dB     A9c Uf Dem Anger – Chume, Chum Geselle Min.aif
DR14        -2.44 dB     -21.79 dB     B1 II. In Taberna – Estuans Interius.aif
DR16        -3.98 dB     -26.31 dB     B2 II. In Taberna – Olim Lacus Colueram.aif
DR12        -2.57 dB     -20.92 dB     B3 II. In Taberna – Ego Sum Abbas.aif
DR12        -2.05 dB     -18.75 dB     B4 II. In Taberna – In Taberna Quando Sumus.aif
DR14        -11.42 dB     -34.31 dB     B5 III. Cour D’Amour – Amor Volat Undique.aif
DR11        -23.12 dB     -38.71 dB     B6 III. Cour D’Amour – Dies, Nox Et Omnia.aif
DR13        -10.48 dB     -28.40 dB     B7 III. Cour D’Amour – Stetit Puella.aif
DR15        -1.62 dB     -21.44 dB     B8 III. Cour D’Amour – Circa Mea Pectora.aif
DR11        -6.35 dB     -24.18 dB     B9 III. Cour D’Amour – Si Puer Cum Puellula.aif
DR11        -1.91 dB     -18.04 dB     B10 III. Cour D’Amour – Veni, Veni, Venias.aif
DR12        -12.59 dB     -34.14 dB     B11 III. Cour D’Amour – In Trutina.aif
DR11        -0.65 dB     -18.93 dB     B12 III. Cour D’Amour – Tempus Est Iocundum.aif
DR10        -10.00 dB     -25.13 dB     B13 III. Cour D’Amour – Dulcissimo.aif
DR10        -2.19 dB     -14.28 dB     B14 Blanziflor Et Helena – Ave Formosissima.aif
DR10        -1.20 dB     -16.13 dB     B15 Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi – O Fortuna.aif
Number of files:    27
Official DR value:    DR12


  • Baritone Vocals – Thomas Allen
  • Choir – London Symphony Orchestra Chorus*, St. Clement Danes Grammer School Boys’ Choir
  • Chorus Master – Arthur Oldham, Audrey Clifford
  • Composed By – Carl Orff
  • Conductor – Andre Previn*
  • Engineer [Balance Engineer] – Christopher Parker
  • Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra*
  • Producer – Christopher Bishop
  • Soprano Vocals – Sheila Armstrong
  • Tenor Vocals – Gerald English

Recorded November 25-27, 1974 in Kingsway Hall, London

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27 thoughts on “High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Previn)

  1. Well I don’t know which one is better, because find a copy of “Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL)Carmina Burana – Andre Previn ” is so hard and expensive .. at ebay I saw a copy of the orginal vinyl but .. the doubt always : It is really a copy of the original one?..

    Thanks for this great job my friend @rachmaninov “Carmina Burana” is a classic that must be in the music library always.

    Greetings !! have a nice week !!

    • Arturo, mi amiguito…be sure, is a original. The obscure, the false “original” MFSL records (some of them) came in the last few years and were records from the third stage….this “Carmina” was made by MFSL in the first serie (70es, early 80es – not 200 Gramm vinyl)

      have a nice week you too, amigo latino 🙂

  2. First of all thanks by the rip.
    In my ignorant opinion sounds so clear and clean but no warm and powerful.
    I test all with my rubbish Panasonic 18 euros headphones, but with the same team i could appreciate other warm feelings in many other vinyls.
    Regards to the boxset community.

  3. Wikipedia has a very informing article on Carmina Burana, but curiously of the 13 notable recordings of it this one with Previn and LSO is not listed.
    go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmina_Burana_%28Orff%29

    Also, Classical FM has an informative history of the title and its meaning here
    Thanks again Alf for this super Hi Fi rendition of the work.
    One cannot miss the magnitude of this Orff opus, and or the Trilogy he composed.
    Thanks again,

  4. Hi Rachmaninov:
    I agree with you about the Jochum performance. I like the old Ormandy and Ozawa recordings, but this Previn is the best in performance and sound. Thank you so much…

  5. In face of the overwhelmingly majority opinion that this is the recording to have, all I can do is thank you!



  6. I am going to listen to this for the first time, later the year I’ll probably watch an Universitary Orchestra located in my city performing it. Thanks for uploading, you’re nice.

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