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Carmina Burana/Pagan Poem Import

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 13 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B0000589T7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Carmina Burana: Fortuna, Empress Of The World: O Fortuna - The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach
2. Carmina Burana: Fortuna, Empress Of The World: Fortune Plango Vulnera - The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach
3. Carmina Burana: First Part. In Springtime: Veris Leta Facies - The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach
4. Carmina Burana: First Part. In Springtime: Omnia Sol Temperat - Guy Gardner
5. Carmina Burana: First Part. In Springtime: Ecce Gratum - The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach
6. Carmina Burana: First Part. On The Lawn: Tanz - Dance - Houston SO/Leopald Stokowski
7. Carmina Burana: First Part. On The Lawn: Floret Silva - The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach/Houston Youth Sym Boys' Chor/Howard Webb
8. Carmina Burana: First Part. On The Lawn: Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir - Virginia Babikian/The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach
9. Carmina Burana: First Part. On The Lawn: Reie - Round Dance - Swaz Hie Gat Umbe/Chume, Chume... - The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach
10. Carmina Burana: First Part. On The Lawn: Were Diu Werlt Alle Min - The Houston Chor/Alfred Urbach
11. Carmina Burana: Second Part. In The Tavern: Estuans Interius - Guy Gardner
12. Carmina Burana: Second Part. In The Tavern: Olim Lacus Colueram - Clyde Hager/Houston Youth Sym Boys' Chor/Howard Webb
13. Carmina Burana: Second Part. In The Tavern: Ego Sum Abbas - Guy Gardner/Houston Youth Sym Boys' Chor/Howard Webb
14. Carmina Burana: Second Part. In The Tavern: In Taberna Quando Sumus - Houston Youth Sym Boys' Chor/Howard Webb
15. Carmina Burana: Third Part. The Court Of Love: Amor Volat Undique - Virginia Babikian/Houston Youth Sym Boys' Chor/Howard Webb
16. Carmina Burana: Third Part. The Court Of Love: Dies, Nox Et Omnia - Guy Gardner
17. Carmina Burana: Third Part. The Court Of Love: Stetit Puella - Virginia Babikian
18. Carmina Burana: Third Part. The Court Of Love: Circa Mea Pectora - Guy Gardner/The Houston Chorale/Alfred Urbach
19. Carmina Burana: Third Part. The Court Of Love: Si Puer Cum Puellula - Houston Youth Sym Boys' Chor/Howard Webb
20. Carmina Burana: Third Part. The Court Of Love: Veni, Veni, Venias - The Houston Chorale/Alfred Urbach
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For many years I've had a ratty old copy of Carmina Burana on tape that has accompanied me everywhere. Then I decided to upgrade one of my favorite works to a CD and got the surprise of my life! The clarity of this remastered performance from 1958 is nothing short of breathtaking! Clearly, Stokowski had a special understanding of the unique dynamics of this piece and the orchestra and singers felt every note from their synapses inward to their bones. I have listened to nothing else for days; this new (old) performance has opened my ears to what I thought I already knew about Orff's best known work and deserves to be in every serious classical music listener's collection.
And two extra perks: 1.)Loeffer's "Pagan Dance" alone is worth the price of the CD because 2.)the CD is released at a price that's just so darned economical!!!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa04716f8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd64fb4) out of 5 stars The Best Version of this Masterwork April 6 2001
By Victor - Published on Amazon.com
For many years I've had a ratty old copy of Carmina Burana on tape that has accompanied me everywhere. Then I decided to upgrade one of my favorite works to a CD and got the surprise of my life! The clarity of this remastered performance from 1958 is nothing short of breathtaking! Clearly, Stokowski had a special understanding of the unique dynamics of this piece and the orchestra and singers felt every note from their synapses inward to their bones. I have listened to nothing else for days; this new (old) performance has opened my ears to what I thought I already knew about Orff's best known work and deserves to be in every serious classical music listener's collection.
And two extra perks: 1.)Loeffer's "Pagan Dance" alone is worth the price of the CD because 2.)the CD is released at a price that's just so darned economical!!!!
HASH(0x9dd654e0) out of 5 stars Choral Drama with a dash of Symphonic Wishful Thinking Feb. 2 2012
By Jonathan Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
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I think I'm sort of with some of the other reviewers in enjoying the Loeffler composition better than Carl Orff's selection. Though, in fairness, the Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi is really the dramatic segment of Carmina Burana. And there's nothing to complain about there, really. I've just heard some better renderings of some of the central melodies. They actually can sound more melodious than this. If you're not already familiar with this piece, envision the theme music from Excalibur : Widescreen Edition where Merlin sends Uther Pendragon riding across the breath of the dragon to seduce the wife of his rival, and conceive the infant Arthur.

I wanted to include some background about the conductor Stokowski, as his reputation influenced this purchase, and it's an over-all enjoyable performance.

[From Wiki:]

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (April 18, 1882 - September 13, 1977) was a British-born, naturalised American orchestral conductor...the son of an English-born cabinet-maker with Polish heritage, Kopernik Joseph Boleslau Stokowski, and his Irish-born wife Annie-Marion Stokowski, née Moore. Stokowski was born Leopold Anthony Stokowski, though on occasion in later life he altered his middle name to Antoni.

Stokowski studied at the Royal College of Music, which he first enrolled in 1896 at the age of thirteen, making him one of the youngest students to do so. In his later life in America, Stokowski would perform six of the nine symphonies composed by his fellow organ student Ralph Vaughan Williams. Stokowski sang in the choir of the St. Marylebone Church, and later he became the Assistant Organist to Sir Walford Davies at The Temple Church. At the age of 16, Stokowski was elected to a membership in the Royal College of Organists. In 1900, Stokowski formed the choir of St. Mary's Church, Charing Cross Road, where he trained the choirboys and played the organ. In 1902, Stokowski was appointed the organist and choir director of St. James's Church, Piccadilly. He also attended The Queen's College, Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1903.
HASH(0x9dd6590c) out of 5 stars Orff Great Feb. 18 2014
By Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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I can not say enough good about the Stokowski performance of the Carmina Burana. Way back when, I bought the original LP recording of this performance. I loved it so much, that a few years ago, I converted it to CD & mp3. Unfortunately, I had almost played this to death, and the record noise was extremely annoying. So I jumped at a chance to get it on CD. The performance is as I remembered it, and the sound is first rate.

The Loeffler is well performed, but I didn't care for it. My rating is for the Orff.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd65924) out of 5 stars a Carmina Burana riddled with too many problems to be a top-drawer version Dec 1 2008
By Discophage - Published on Amazon.com
As for details on the reasons why this 1958 recording of Carmina Burana, despite its stupendous (and, indeed, full-dimensional) sound, cannot be considered a top-drawer version, see my lenghty review under the recording's previous release in the same EMI-Full dimensional sound series, then paired with Stravinsky's Firebird-Suite (Carl Orff: Carmina Burana/Igor Stravinsky:The Firebird Suite). In capsule: the impossibly American accent of the Houston Chorale and of tenor Clyde Hager, the numerous and indefensible cuts practiced by Stokowski and the OK but far from great soloists. Ultimately then this is a version for the Stokowskite more than the aficionado of Orff's famous warhorse.

Stokowski's recording of Loeffler's Pagan Poem was also previously reissued by EMI in its short-lived MAtrix series, paired then with Glière's Third Symphony (again an abridged version). See my review thereunder: Gliere: Symphony No. 3 "Ilya Murometz"; Loeffler: A Pagan Poem.
HASH(0x9e03a2b8) out of 5 stars He makes this frequently recorded work sounds like an unheard piece of music to me Aug. 25 2014
By Xierra - Published on Amazon.com
Stokowski had a special understanding of this work!!
His interpretation is so unique, yet the most convincing one, I have more understanding of this work in a sudden.
He makes this frequently recorded work sounds like an unheard piece of music to me.

The sound recording is first class, recommended by TAS



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