- Audio CD (7 Mar 2000)
- Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: SACD
- Label: Sony Classics
- ASIN: B00004RI4H
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Having heard the Carmina live on several occasions, I find that this recording captures better than most that I've heard the somewhat astringent sonorities and inner voicing of Orff's scoring as well as the complex interplay between the various choirs. I detect no vocal "muddle," but rather well-delineated solos and ensemble work, even at the high-energy levels encountered, for example, in "Helena et Blanziflor" and "Tempus est secundum." Tuttis do not break up, and I detect none of the vocal "wandering" across the soundstage at high levels that I've heard on other recordings.
There's a slightly "bright" ambience to this recording, not inappropriate given the scoring. Rated at four stars only because of the noticeable--but not, in my view, distracting--hiss.
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