Monday, January 11, 2010

Orff - Carmina Burana - Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker

Orff - Carmina Burana - Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker
Vocal | Ape, cue | no log, cover | 1 CD, 234 MB
January 25, 2005 | EMI | RapidShare

Although a prolific composer, Carl Orff (1895-1982) is most famous for his educational work and his Carmina Burana. Scored for orchestra, chorus, and three vocal soloists, it was originally conceived as an opera and first performed in a staged production in Frankfurt in 1937. Breaking away from both the lush romanticism and the serialism current at the time, Orff set out in a new--or perhaps very old--direction, based on the simplest elements of music: major and minor triads, progressions in thirds and unisons, blocks of sounds, folksy, catchy tunes (some of which have found their way into soundtracks on film and television), pounding dance rhythms, all hammered home by endless repetition. The effect is almost hypnotic, but Orff avoids monotony by alternating solos with full and half choruses, and with violent contrasts of tempo, texture and dynamics (keep your finger firmly on the volume control). Perhaps the work's immediate and lasting success testifies to the public's readiness to return to an accessible, essentially primitive style. The 13th-century texts in medieval Latin and German were found in 1847 in a Bavarian Benedictine monastery, a most unlikely place: explicit and frankly lascivious, they celebrate fickle fortune, spring, carousing and sensuous love, and include a lament by and for a swan who has been roasted on the spit. Orff also torments his soloists by sending the tenor up to high C's and D's, the baritone to high A's, and the soprano on coloratura excursions up to B and D. The performance is positively stunning; all the participants sing and play their hearts out with boundless enthusiasm and unbridled abandon. --Edith Eisler

CD Content

Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra
Composed by Carl Orff
Performed by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
with Lawrence Brownlee, Sally Matthews, Christian Gerhaher
Conducted by Simon Rattle


  1. Amazing recording!
    Anxious to hear it.

  2. Otto, will you please re-up "OCBRBP.part3.rar". The file has being removed. Thanks in advance.


  4. thanks for your quick response but the file "OCBRBP.part3.rar" is still inaccessible.

  5. my guess is that you have to wait a bit as FF only allows 150MB per hour for free downloads...

  6. No I have a premium account. Let's wait a day or two before I hassle you again. Sorry for this!



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