CD reviews – Hans Graf conducts Carmina Burana
March 2014's release on the LPO Label was Orff's Carmina Burana. Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on 6 April 2013 as part of the year-long The Rest Is Noise festival, the performance was conducted by Hans Graf and featured soloists Sarah Tynan, Andrew Kennedy and Rodion Pogossov together with the London Philharmonic Choir and Trinity Boys Choir.
Here are the press reviews so far...
'Choral articulation, exposed by the immediate recording, is practically perfect.' (4 stars)
Mark Valencia, Sinfini.com, 4 April 2014
'A blistering rendition ... a worthy addition to the discography.'
Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo, 27 February 2014
'This is a superb issue; it captures afresh the sheer exuberance and colour of this over-performed work ... it's a recording of a live concert, and it made me feel "I so wish I'd been there"; what greater praise can there be?'
Gwyn Parry-Jones, Music Web International, April 2014
Malcolm Riley, Gramophone, May 2014
'The orchestra is the star here: Graf secures characterful electrifying playing from the LPO.' (4 stars)
Classical Music Magazine, May 2014 (not online)
‘Hans Graf’s brisk reading restores Orff’s ambiguous masterpiece to the ranks of 20th-century shockers, works that still retain an element of raw surprise … It’s bracing.’
Brian Morton, Choir & Organ, May/June 2014 (not online)
LPO-0076, released March 2014.
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