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Cat. No. CHSA 5067 Price: £11.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHSA 5067 - Orff: Carmina Burana
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Available From: 01 October 2008
Orff: Carmina Burana

Recorded live at the Barbican Centre in November 2007, Richard Hickox conducts Carl Orff’s immensely popular dramatic cantata Carmina Burana with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and soloists, Barry Banks, Laura Claycomb and Christopher Maltman.
Orff is reputed to have declared around the time of Carmina’s first performance, ‘Everything I have written to date, and which you have printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin.’ He had a strong interest in theatrical presentations and conceived the work as a pageant. The idea came to Orff in 1935 when he encountered an edition of medieval songs edited by the poet Johann Schmeller. The vivid and colourful songs were those sung by the goliards – hedonistic students and traveling monks who celebrated their riotous pursuits in bawdy and profane poetry. The 24 ‘cantiones profanae’ chosen by Orff were translated and the composer set them to music for three vocal soloists, three choirs and a large orchestra featuring triple woodwind, two pianos and no fewer than five percussionists.

The score’s combination of gloriously infectious vulgarity interspersed with moments of genuine beauty has assured it an unquestionable position as one of the most popular of all twentieth-century choral works.

Reviews

Another Carmina? Yes, and totally justified as it happens. In large choral works like this one few conductors better Richard Hickox and sure enough the opening ‘O Fortuna’ is arresting: taut and tense in atmosphere, crisp in diction without self-conscious mannerism… Classic performances by André Previn and Frühbeck de Burgos are still available, but Hickox is at least their equal… overall this is a richly enjoyable performance of a much-recorded masterpiece
BBC Music Magazine

There has rarely been a trio of soloists as good as this, with Christopher Maltman’s charismatic Abbott, Barry Banks’s suitably strained roasted swan and the seductive tones of Laura Claycomb. Hickox conducts with his usual mastery of big works
The Telegraph

The Chandos engineers have worked wonders with the Barbican’s tricky acoustic, providing vivid sound allowing a wealth of orchestral detail to be heard… the dynamic range is enormous… The soloists make a fine trio… The choral contribution is excellent throughout
Gramophone

The London Symphony Orchestra performed the work with all the commitment and exuberance that one expects from them' The three soloists were outstanding, singing with a unified dynamic power and depth of expression that is rare to find today…Christopher Maltman’s baritone is large, and he dramatically projected every emotion and quirk in the text.
MusicOMH.com

Another Carmina? Yes, and totally justified as it happens. In large choral works like this one few conductors better Richard Hickox and sure enough the opening ‘O Fortuna’ is arresting: taut and tense in atmosphere, crisp in diction without self-conscious mannerism… Classic performances by André Previn and Frühbeck de Burgos are still available, but Hickox is at least their equal… overall this is a richly enjoyable performance of a much-recorded masterpiece
BBC Music Magazine

The London Symphony Orchestra performed the work with all the commitment and exuberance that one expects from them' The three soloists were outstanding, singing with a unified dynamic power and depth of expression that is rare to find today…Christopher Maltman’s baritone is large, and he dramatically projected every emotion and quirk in the text
MusicOMH.com

Hickox and his forces certainly conveyed an appropriate sense of the dramatic… Maltman had the sense of the music and histrionic demands down to a tee… Banks provided strong characterization in the high tenor writing… Claycomb conveyed the vulnerability of the soprano’s music
Classic Source

‘Do we really need another one?’ is the obvious question to ask about this recording of Carmina Burana, and of course it should be asked. Yet so outstanding in so many respects is this version, led by Richard Hickox, and available in superb SACD sound, that one forgets about such a basic query almost as soon as it has entered one’s brain… All in all then, this Carmina holds its head up proudly among the best, and in stunning sound too.
International Record Review

The Chandos engineers have worked wonders with the Barbican’s tricky acoustic, providing vivid sound allowing a wealth of orchestral detail to be heard… the dynamic range is enormous… The soloists make a fine trio… The choral contribution is excellent throughout.
Gramophone

Hickox and his forces certainly conveyed an appropriate sense of the dramatic…Maltman had the sense of the music and histrionic demands down to a tee… Banks provided strong characterization in the high tenor writing… Claycomb conveyed the vulnerability of the soprano’s music.
Classical Source

"Do we really need another one? is the obvious question to ask about this recording of Carmina Burana, and of course it should be asked. Yet so outstanding in so many respects is this version, led by Richard Hichox, and available in superb SACD sound, that one forgets about such a basic query almost as soon as it has entered one’s brain ... All in all then, this Carmina holds its head up proudly amoung the best, and in stunning sound too."

International Record Review

"There has rarely been a trio of soloists as good as this, with Christopher Maltman’s charismatic Abbott, Barry Banks’s suitably strained roasted swan and the seductive tones of Laura Claycomb. Hickox conducts with his usual mastery of big works."

The Telegraph

"Hickox and his forces certainly conveyed an appropriate sense of the dramatic ... Maltman had the sense of the music and histrionic demands down to a tee ... Banks provided strong characterization in the high tenor writing ... Claycomb conveyed the vulnerability of the soprano’s music."

Classical Source

"The London Symphony Orchestra performed the work with all the commitment and exuberance that one expects from them . The three soloists were outstanding, singing with a unified dynamic power and depth of expression that is rare to find today ... Christopher Maltman’s baritone is large, and he dramatically projected every emotion and quirk in the text."

MusicOMH.com

"Another Carmina? Yes, and totally justified as it happens. In large choral works like this one few conductors better Richard Hickox and sure enough the opening ’O Fortuna’ is arresting: taut and tense in atmosphere, crisp in diction without self-conscious mannerism ... Classic performances by André Previn and Frühbeck de Burgos are still available but Hickox is at least their equal ... overall this is a richly enjoyable performance of a much-recorded masterpiece."

BBC Music Magazine

"The Chandos engineers have worked wonders with the Barbican’s tricky acoustic, providing vivid sound allowing a wealth of orchestral detail to be heard ... the dynamic range is enormous ... The soloists make a fine trio ... The choral contribution is excellent throughout."

Gramophone

 

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