Carl Orff: Carmina Burana – Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana - Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben Artist: Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben
Album: Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Release Date: May, 2009
Duration: 59:19
Genre: Classical
Styles: Choral
Recording Date: October 25, 2007
Recording Location: Sportzentrum Telfs, Tyrol

The orchestral version of Carl Orff’s 1936 cantata Carmina Burana is ubiquitous and frequently recorded, but the version arranged by the composer in 1956 for vocal soloists, choir, two pianos, and percussion is something of a rarity on CD. Orff made this lean transcription two decades after he composed the first version, and his intention was to make Carmina Burana more widely available to small choruses and schools without orchestras.

This 2007 live recording by the Wiltener Sängerknaben, conducted by Johannes Stecher, shows how effective this arrangement is, for the most essential aspects of the score in the vocal parts and the percussion remain the same, while the main orchestral material is efficiently managed by the two pianists. The singing of the boys and men is excellent and the solo numbers are highlighted with close-up miking. Because the musicians are fully present and committed to the performance, one only periodically becomes aware that an orchestra is missing. Anyone who wants a recording of Carmina Burana solely for the powerful music of the opening chorus “O Fortuna” should avoid this streamlined version. But this performance has consistency and professionalism, and it may interest listeners who are accustomed to choral performances with piano accompaniment.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Carmina Burana
Fortuna imperatrix mundi. O Fortuna / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:35
Fortuna imperatrix mundi. Fortune plango vulnera / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:57
Part 1. Primo vere. Veris leta facies / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 4:11
Part 1. Primo vere. Omnia sol temperat / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 1:59
Part 1. Primo vere. Ecce gratum / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:49
Part 1. Primo vere. Ulf dem anger. Tanz / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 1:39
Part 1. Primo vere. Ulf dem anger. Floret silva / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 3:17
Part 1. Primo vere. Ulf dem anger. Chramer, gip die varwe mir / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 3:10
Part 1. Primo vere. Ulf dem anger. Reia (Swaz hie get ume Chume, chum geselle min Swaz hie gat umbe) / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 4:51
Part 1. Primo vere. Ulf dem anger. Were diu werlt alle min / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 0:51
Part 2. In taberna. Estuans interius / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:22
Part 2. In taberna. Olim lacus colueram / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 3:40
Part 2. In taberna. Ego sum abbas / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 1:29
Part 2. In taberna. In taberna quando sumus / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 3:08
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Amor volat undique / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 3:03
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Dies, nox et omnia / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:24
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Stetit puella / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 1:44
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Circa mae pectora / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:01
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Si puer cum puellula / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 1:13
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Veni, veni, venias / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 0:55
Part 3. Cours d’amours. In trutina / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:03
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Tempus est iocundum / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:13
Part 3. Cours d’amours. Dulcissime / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 0:32
Blanziflor et Helana. Ave formosissima / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 1:28
Fortuna imperatrix mundi. O Fortuna / Carl Orff Johannes Stecher / Wiltener Sängerknaben 2:45

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