# Composers: Carl Orff
# Orchestra: Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
# Conductor: Eugen Jochum
# Vinyl (1971 / 2014)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 3760
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.18GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.09GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (281MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory
Absolutely STUNNING sound quality on this album!
Despite the ubiquity of “O fortuna”, Orff’s Carmina Burana is no unqualified masterpiece. At the same time I think it is a better work than some of its many detractors give it credit for. Whatever the case may be, there should at least be no doubt that Jochum’s version is, by some distance, the best on disc. He treats it with a level of respect and attention to detail that is hardly rivaled elsewhere, and his tempo decisions and view of structure seems immensely right, without exception.
The Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus sings with tremendous power, and (rather obviously) there are no rivals for his soloists: Janowitz is splendid, especially in the more lyrical parts, and Stolze and Fischer-Dieskau sing assuredly with the requisite variety. In short, you don’t get a better recording of the work than this one, and I think modern conductors and orchestras, instead of trying to compete, really ought to focus on something else – lots of great choral-orchestral works out there equal to or superior to than this one which have never obtained advocacy like this. The remastered sound is truly astonishing as well. – G.D., amazon.com
This is a top-notch rendition, a performance approved by Orff himself, who was present during its recording. The cleanup of the sound in this transfer is incredible – the recording sounds much more recent than 1968. Fischer-Dieskau and Janowitz are phenomenal in their solo sections, and the Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra is electric. The chorus is equally powerful when needed, and properly muted in the softer/slower sections. The pace is the fastest of any recording I have heard, and it toes the line between restraint and unbridled power perfectly.
For years I preferred the Ormandy/Philadelphia/Rutgers performance, but this reading is truly legendary. For those looking for a definitive interpretation, this is it. Forget about Levine and everyone else, and listen to the work as Orff intended. – JJJ Jr. Shabadoo, amazon.com
01 – Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
02 – Primo vere – Uf dem anger
03 – In taberna
04 – Cour d’amours – Blanziflor et Helena – Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
Gundula Janowitz – soprano
Gerhard Stolze – tenor
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – baritone
Recording Location: UFA-Studio, Berlin, Germany, 9-18 October 1968
Producer: Dr. Hans Hirsch
Balance Engineer (Tonmeister): Klaus Scheibe
First released as 139 362 in 1968
Mastered at Optimal from the original analogue source
Additional info can be found here.
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Milty Pro Zerostat 3
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio ResoMat
Audio Technica AT33PTG/II
AVID Pellar preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC
Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair, iZotope RX3
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