Orff: Carmina Burana

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COMPOSERS: Orff
LABELS: IMP
WORKS: Carmina Burana
PERFORMER: Penelope Walmsley-Clark (soprano) John Graham-Hall (tenor) Donald Maxwell (baritone)Southend Boys’ ChoirLSO & Chorus/Richard Hickox
CATALOGUE NO: PCD 855 DDD (1986)
This Carmina burana is an exuberantly immoderate realisation of Orff’s 1937 masterpiece. Richard Hickox and his combined forces clearly relish the pagan hedonism of these primitive texts; themselves a riproaring celebration of the joys of life, seen against a backdrop of medieval piety and moral asceticism. At bargain price, this performance has little serious competition; orchestral and choral contributions are consistently excellent, and solo singing is admirably characterised and ably delivered. Passing reservations over balance and recorded sound, neither of which seem ideal, are hardly relevant given the price! Michael Jameson

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