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LABELS: EMI Studio Plus
WORKS: Carmina Burana
PERFORMER: Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir/New PO & Chorus/Rafael Frühbeck de BurgosLucia Popp, Gerhard Unger, Raymond Wolansky, John Noble
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 7 64328-2 ADD (1966, 1970)
Carl Orff’s virile and physical cantata Carmina Burana (‘profane songs to be sung by singers and chorus accompanied by instruments and magic tableaux’) remains as popular as ever. This lyrically responsive and detailed version by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is highly recommendable. It has the benefit of an outstanding quartet of soloists plus the New Philharmonia Chorus and Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir on top form. Ravel’s obsessively rhythmic Bolero provides an appropriate filler. Ates Orga