© 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 6 April 2013.
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Mike Clements, K&A Productions
Publisher: Schott Music GmbH & Co. Kg, Mainz
Total playing time 60:46
DDD Stereo
Released March 2014

CD: Orff – Carmina Burana

LPO conducted by Hans Graf

Orff Carmina Burana

Hans Graf conductor
Sarah Tynan soprano
Andrew Kennedy tenor
Rodion Pogossov baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir
Trinity Boys Choir
Neville Creed, Gillian Plummer chorus masters
Pieter Schoeman leader

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is an infectious and brilliantly orchestrated work, combining gloriously bawdy vulgarity and moments of touching beauty. The inspiration for the work struck Orff in 1935 when he encountered a vivid set of medieval poems charting the outlandish pursuits of hedonistic students and monks. Written purely for entertainment in vernacular Latin, medieval French and German, the satirical texts poked fun at what they saw as a hypocritical church, before indulging in erotic fantasy and pondering ideas of fate and fortune.
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'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

'Superlative playing.'
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

‘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

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