Carmina Burana CD's

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    tones compulsive cantater

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    I have the Jochum, Moz, which I like (it's also cheap!), but GrahamN's your man - he thinks there are far better versions than this, so hopefully he should turn up when he sees this. I have a feeling he's written his recommendation down somewhere - if I can locate it, I'll let you know.
     
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    Hey thanks Tones!
     
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    tones,
    I agree with you!

    ... at least we are two against one. :D

    I have the Jochum version on 180g Vinyl and the sonics are great!!!
     
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    My favourite is the first recording (of three) by Andre Previn with the LSO on EMI 5668992 at mid-price (probably is even cheaper on HMV's own label too). It was recorded in 1974 and does have a small amount of background hiss. I personally find it has far more fun and life than the Jochum (even if it is slower). The Jochum (recorded in 1967) does get good reviews though, and is always considered in the top 3 or 4 recordings.

    Looking through the Gramophone reviews, it seems as if the top "modern" recording is Blomstedt/San Fran. on Decca 4305092, but this is at full price. The Ozawa/Berlin recording on Philips (currently on sale at bargain price) and Dutoit/Montreal on Decca (full price) also get good reviews.

    Although I haven't heard the Welser-Most recording, I do have his recording of the two companion pieces to Carmina. This is music he specialises in, but the acoustic EMI give him is a bit dry and uninvolving.

    Shaw/Atlanta are well respected in the choral repertoire, but the reviews reckon it's a bit downbeat. I've also noted there's another SACD from Telarc by Runnicles (again with Atlanta). Can't see any reviews of it, but I've not heard a bad performance by Runnicles yet, although I've only heard him in far more heavyweight music.
     
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    Ah..that one! Good general reference site. I have to say though that "Bill Alford" is the only person/reviewer I've ever read who didn't rate the Previn. Whether you go for Previn or Jochum is I guess a matter of taste - but his comments about being "plodding" are so far off the mark as to be laughable! Also surprised at his exclamation mark on using a countertenor for the Welser-Most: yes, Michael Chance is a counter-tenor, but so is Bowman for Chailly, Kowalski for Mehta, and Stolze for Jochum is just about so too (and no it's not an "Unknown" orchestra - it's the London Phil, one of the London big-4).
     
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    Guys,

    Thanks for all the inputs. I really like this piece, more so after watching a live performance of it.

    I'd like to have different versions of this one!

    Thanks again!
    Grant
     
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    tones compulsive cantater

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    There's a film version of it somewhere, featuring the late Hermann Prey. Good fun (like the piece itself).

    All together now

    Ho-ho-ho!
    Totus florio!

    P.S. Here it is. Sorry about the German. They thought it was good but not great.

    http://www.rondomagazin.de/klassik/o/orff/co01.htm

    And Zubin Mehta also has one, of which I'd never heard.

    http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000059ZHG/qid=1065524498/402-1822293-3298557

    I notice that the French reviewer (who styles himself Brett Sinclair (clearly an old Roger Moore fan (taken either way!)) liked it a lot, but then, he seems to like everything a lot, to judge by his reviews. But then, on the hi-fi front, I'm easily pleased, so I can't point the finger.
     
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    ... and let's not forget the Levine's version with the Chicago S.O. & Chorus, digital recording 1985.
    I have also this version and Ozawa's one on CD but since I never hear CDs, I cannot say much about them.
    Might as well quickly listen to them...
     
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    That's a good site. I've gone through it before.

    BTW, where is the Gramophone site? The link to http://www.gramofile.co.uk/ seems to be down.

    TIA
     
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    It's great fun singing it too - sometimes it almost feels like one can't turn the pages over quick enough. (The last time I remember was with either the Brighton Festival Chorus or the West Sussex people in Horsham - anyone into singing?) You're lucky having such a good classical choral tradition that you can go to live concerts like this fairly often if you want, IMHO.
     
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    I came across the Hermann Prey version the other night in the local Zürich classical shop - it's now available on DVD.
     
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