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
Format: FLAC (tracks)
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.35 GB
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|
|A2||Fortune Plango Vulnera||2:49|
|I. Primo Vere|
|A3||Veris Leta Facies||4:18|
|A4||Omnia Sol Temperat||2:07|
|Uf Dem Anger|
|A8||Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir||3:18|
|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|
|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|
|B8||Circa Mea Pectora||2:12|
|B9||Si Puer Cum Puellula||1:04|
|B10||Veni, Veni, Venias||1:04|
|B12||Tempus Est Iocundum||2:23|
|Blanziflor Et Helena|
|Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi|
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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