Orff: Trionfi - Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina, Trionfo Di Afrodite / Kegel, Leipzig Radio Chorus & Orchestra

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These luminous, lyrical performances of Orff’s famous trilogy aren’t the most hard hitting or rhythmically percussive (in Carmina burana), but they are quite simply the best sung. The choruses are fabulous. This makes Catulli carmina a particular joy from beginning to end, as it consists mainly of a cappella choral writing, while even in Carmina burana Kegel finds textures and timbres that subtly illuminate the vocal lines above them. Trionfo di Afrodite, generally regarded as the weakest of the three works, becomes a natural culmination in this performance, its musical values maximized and the screaming and shouting nicely integrated into the ongoing flow of events. Alas, the attractive booklet contains no texts, and the “deluxe” brown velvet slipcase feels disgusting, but you simply can’t beat the performances taken as a whole.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [3/1/2012]

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: BC0300066

  • UPC: 885470000664

  • Label: Berlin Classics

  • Composer: Carl Orff

  • Conductor: Herbert Kegel

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Chorus, Dresden Children's Choir, Leipzig Radio Chorus, Leipzig Radio Orchestra

  • Performer: Celestina Casapietra, Eberhard Büchner, Gerhard Erber, Günther Philipp, Horst Hiestermann, Isabella Nawe, Jutta Czapski, Karl-Heinz Stryczek, Regina Werner, Reiner Süss, Renate Krahmer, Ute Mai, Wolfgang Wappler