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Orff: Carmina Burana

Seiji Ozawa Audio CD
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1. Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
2. Carmina Burana: Fortune plango vulnera
3. Carmina Burana: Veris leta facies
4. Carmina Burana: Omnia Sol temperat
5. Carmina Burana: Ecce gratum
6. Carmina Burana: Tanz
7. Carmina Burana: Floret silva nobilis
8. Carmina Burana: Chramer, gip die varwe mir
9. Carmina Burana: Swaz hie gat umbe - Chume, chum geselle min
10. Carmina Burana: Were diu werlt alle min
11. Carmina Burana: Estuans interius
12. Carmina Burana: Olim lacus colueram
13. Carmina Burana: Ego sum abbas
14. Carmina Burana: In taberna quando sumus
15. Carmina Burana: Amor volat undique
16. Carmina Burana: Dies, nox et omnia
17. Carmina Burana: Stetit puella
18. Carmina Burana: Circa mea pectora
19. Carmina Burana: Si puer cum puellula
20. Carmina Burana: Veni, veni, venias
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is there a need for a reissue like this? July 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ozawa's Carmina is perfectly OK, involved chorus, good soloists perhaps not at their best, lovely sound. But do we need this? Doesn't RCA have something better and more generous to reissue, or is it just making hay?
Overall, the performance is loud and drab at the same time, the chorus a little lispy (give 'em some water!), the orchestra a little bored, uninvolved. This performance would be fine as a routine subscription concert offering for a Saturday afternoon, but not something to be perpetuated on disk.
On down the road and a decade earlier, Fritz Mahler and the Hartford Symphony did a fun and committed performance for Vanguard that outdoes this after about 20 bars. The vocal quartet is a great ensemble and the chorus and orchestra involved to the hilt. Collectors are leagues better off with it.
Or there's Dorati's thrilling, dramatic traversal and Stokowski's lewd and sumptuous one that throws decorum to the wind and gets down to the mood and music. Fruhbeck, Jochum, and Smetacek are other outstanding, musical, committed offerings with better soloists and production values.
We don't need this, RCA. Yank it from the catalog and reissue some other contemporary music performances (Sessions, Fine, Sommer, Mennin, Martinon, Persechetti, Varese) that you've done that we really need and want.
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Many tend to view Seji Ozawa as a some what subdued conductor with a basically middle of the road interperative view. However when it comes to certain types of works he comes into his element. Honegger's "Jaen D'Arc" , Messiaen's "Turangalila" or Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder" have always managed to sort of draw him out of his shell. The 1970's recording of Orff's "Carnina Burana" is another one. To begin with the very fine RCA recording can finally be clearly heard on cd after years of bad LP and cassette transfers. The youthful New England Conservatory Choir are more apt than an older more adult choir in these songs of drinking, love and lust. A good group of soloists but there have been more lively ones. The good times do flow here but at times Ozawa's slow tempos does dampen them a bit. Maybe not a top recommendation of "Carmina Burana" but one with enough going for it to catch your interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stands up well against the competition June 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
I think I have heard one too many of the many recordings of Orff's <Carmina Burana> from the very first mono recording for which the composer wrote a plea not to purchase any unauthorized recording to a budget version that sounds as if it were recorded inside of a swimming pool. My favorite has remained the Angel recording with Burgos on the podium; but I can find room in my collection for the 1969 version with Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, now available with remastering on BMG (09026-63590-2).
Soloists Evelyn Mandac, Stanley Kolk, and Sherrill Milnes, backed up by the New England Conservatory Chorus and Children's Chorus, all sound just fine. The tempos are generally slow and the final syllables of the Abbot's song are nsot delivered with the expected force; but in general this is a good version to have until the Burgos is once more available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ozawa Conducting Orff Dec 19 2000
By Shota
Format:Audio CD
Ozawa is probably known to be energetic and exciting. And the music's quick part, including 'O Fortuna', probably shows an example. I had to admit, I only like his performance on rather harsh music, such as the Infernal Dance from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, and some savage dances from The Rite of Spring. I don't think he's very good on rather slow or soft music. The 'O Fortuna' is probably the only music you'll ever need. But if you want to buy the whole music, and don't care how good a performance is, (I didn't say Ozawa is totally bad on music overall), try this CD. You will enjoy Ozawa's enthusiastic excitement and energy in 'O Fortuna'; especially the winds, the brass, and mainly, the choir. Overall, this CD is OK. But the 'O Fortuna' is outrageously great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stands up well against the competition June 30 2000
By F. Behrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think I have heard one too many of the many recordings of Orff's <Carmina Burana> from the very first mono recording for which the composer wrote a plea not to purchase any unauthorized recording to a budget version that sounds as if it were recorded inside of a swimming pool. My favorite has remained the Angel recording with Burgos on the podium; but I can find room in my collection for the 1969 version with Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, now available with remastering on BMG (09026-63590-2).
Soloists Evelyn Mandac, Stanley Kolk, and Sherrill Milnes, backed up by the New England Conservatory Chorus and Children's Chorus, all sound just fine. The tempos are generally slow and the final syllables of the Abbot's song are nsot delivered with the expected force; but in general this is a good version to have until the Burgos is once more available.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is there a need for a reissue like this? July 10 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ozawa's Carmina is perfectly OK, involved chorus, good soloists perhaps not at their best, lovely sound. But do we need this? Doesn't RCA have something better and more generous to reissue, or is it just making hay?
Overall, the performance is loud and drab at the same time, the chorus a little lispy (give 'em some water!), the orchestra a little bored, uninvolved. This performance would be fine as a routine subscription concert offering for a Saturday afternoon, but not something to be perpetuated on disk.
On down the road and a decade earlier, Fritz Mahler and the Hartford Symphony did a fun and committed performance for Vanguard that outdoes this after about 20 bars. The vocal quartet is a great ensemble and the chorus and orchestra involved to the hilt. Collectors are leagues better off with it.
Or there's Dorati's thrilling, dramatic traversal and Stokowski's lewd and sumptuous one that throws decorum to the wind and gets down to the mood and music. Fruhbeck, Jochum, and Smetacek are other outstanding, musical, committed offerings with better soloists and production values.
We don't need this, RCA. Yank it from the catalog and reissue some other contemporary music performances (Sessions, Fine, Sommer, Mennin, Martinon, Persechetti, Varese) that you've done that we really need and want.
3.0 out of 5 stars For many, a classic reading, but Ozawa misses the festive atmosphere June 5 2014
By Long-Time Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is much to recommend this: It was very well recorded in 1969, and the sound quality holds up quite well, being open and spacious (though not as good as some more recent ones). Ozawa's direction is generally good, and he finds the basic character of each piece, along with a suitable atmosphere of medieval mystery. Singers and chorus are generally fine. But his persistently slow tempos in many sections deprive the work of much of its energy and festive atmosphere, which is really fundamental to the work. The result sounds a little square and overly cautious.

More recommendable recordings are Slatkin on RCA, for one of the best combinations of conducting, outstandingly fine singing, and good recording. Mehta's recording is even finer in terms of sound quality, and nearly as well sung as Slatkin's; Mehta also finds great zest and lovely melodicism. Jochum's account on DGG, in just slightly dated sound, can also be mentioned because it is often considered a classic or "definitive" recording, though his singers have been outclassed in some instances.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See My Review Under The "Remastered" Version! April 23 2005
By Bertram christmas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To paraphrase, this 1969 Boston Sym."Carmina" is FAR preferable to Ozawa's much later performance with the Berlin Philharmonic on Philips. In short, this is THE "Carmina" to get!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ozawa Conducting Orff Dec 19 2000
By Shota - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ozawa is probably known to be energetic and exciting. And the music's quick part, including 'O Fortuna', probably shows an example. I had to admit, I only like his performance on rather harsh music, such as the Infernal Dance from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, and some savage dances from The Rite of Spring. I don't think he's very good on rather slow or soft music. The 'O Fortuna' is probably the only music you'll ever need. But if you want to buy the whole music, and don't care how good a performance is, (I didn't say Ozawa is totally bad on music overall), try this CD. You will enjoy Ozawa's enthusiastic excitement and energy in 'O Fortuna'; especially the winds, the brass, and mainly, the choir. Overall, this CD is OK. But the 'O Fortuna' is outrageously great!
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