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Carl ORFF (1895-1982)
Carmina Burana (1935-36)
Ruth-Margaret Pütz (soprano)
Michael Cousins (tenor)
Barry McDaniel (baritone)
Roland Hermann (bass)
Cologne Radio Choir
Tölzer Childrens Choir
Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ferdinand Leitner
Recorded by West German Radio, Cologne, 1973
ARTS 43001-2 [60.29]



 

Two admired Carmina Buranas came out at roughly the same time; this one and the Jochum. But it was the latter that prevailed in the market and Arts now revive the earlier of the two recordings, presided over by the admirable Ferdinand Leitner. Firstly Arts has done a fine job of restoration and their documentation, full notes (German/English/French) and texts (Latin/English only) are well done. As for the original recording it needs to be pointed out, not least in view of the sonic spectaculars of this work that were to come, that there are some balance weaknesses. There’s a degree of spread in the sonic picture which Arts obviously hasn’t been able to rectify and it does make for one or two “interesting” percussion moments. The lack of ideal clarity is certainly problematic.

The choir is able but can edge toward the flabby and whilst this is a work that courts brashness with considerable success there is a degree of acoustic brashness to its contribution (and being picky not an entirely successful blend). Barry McDaniel convinces – his showing is fine, even those Italianate lurches in Estuans interius; what happened to him? Soprano soloist Ruth-Margaret Pütz copes creditably with the strong demands though some are in truth too excessive (try Dulcissime). Michael Cousins bears some exorbitant demands and his high tenor just about sustains full body and tone, even if it does sound less than comfortable. Roland Hermann has less in the way of ungrateful writing. 

Leitner encourages some sympathetic woodwind playing (flutes especially) and moulds the performance with generosity though not quite the level of electricity some may require. One can see why this ceded ground to the Jochum but it does have attractions of its own – though now strictly for the historicist; this after all was an Orff authorised recording and that gives it cachet still, if not an obvious recommendation.

Jonathan Woolf 

Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Carmina Burana (1935-36) Ruth-Margaret Pütz (soprano) Michael Cousins (tenor) Barry McDaniel (baritone) Roland Hermann (bass) Cologne Radio Choir Tölzer Childrens Choir Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ferdinand Leitner Recorded by West German Radio, Cologne, 1973 ARTS 43001-2 [60.29][JW]

One can see why this ceded ground to the Jochum but it does have attractions of its own ... see Full Review

Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Catulli Carmina (1943) Donald Grobe (tenor) – Catallus Ruth-Margaret Pütz (soprano) - Lesbia Trionfo di Afrodite (1950-51) Enriqueta Tarrés (soprano) – Sposa Donald Grobe (tenor) – Sposo Hans Günter Nöcker (bass) – Corifeo Brigitte Dürrler (soprano) – Corifea Horst R Laubenthal (tenor) – Corifeo Cologne Radio Choir Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra/Ferdinand Leitner Recorded Cologne, 1974 ARTS ARCHIVES 43002-2 [75.00] [JW]

Tremendously involved and involving. The restoration sounds first class. ... see Full Review

Carl ORFF (1895-1982) Orpheus – free adaptation of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (1923) Carl Orff (speaker) Hermann Prey (bass baritone) – Orpheus Lucia Popp (soprano) – Eurydice Rose Wagemann (mezzo soprano) – Die Botin Karl Ridderbusch (bass) – Der Wächter der Toten Choir of Bavarian Radio Munich Radio Orchestra/Kurt Eichhorn Recorded Munich, 1972 ARTS ARCHIVES 43003-2 [66.07] [JW]

A curio that will be of most interest to devotees of the development of Orff’s vocal and theatrical powers. ... see Full Review

 

 



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