Orff: Carmina Burana has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: ReNew - All Discs are of Pristine Condition. Items Have Been Previously Owned but are Checked, Repackaged & Sealed to Prevent Damage. Guaranteed 24/7 Customer Service. Worldwide Delivery.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Orff: Carmina Burana CD

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

Price: £8.69 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
41 new from £4.74 17 used from £0.01
£8.69 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Berliner Philharmoniker Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Orff: Carmina Burana
  • +
  • Carmina Burana (Vocal Score)
Total price: £23.98
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0006IRMXY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. O Fortuna - Coro
  2. Fortune plango vulnera - Coro
  3. Veris leta facies - Coro piccolo
  4. Omnia Sol temperat - Solo per Baritono
  5. Ecce gratum - Coro
  6. Tanz
  7. Floret silva - Coro
  8. Chramer, gip die varwe mir - Soli (Soprano) e Coro
  9. Reie
  10. Were diu werlt alle min - Coro
  11. Estuans interius - Solo per Baritono
  12. Olim lacus colueram - Solo per Tenore e Coro (Tenori e Bassi)
  13. Ego sum abbas - Solo per Baritono e Coro (Tenori e Bassi)
  14. In taberna quando sumus - coro (Tenori e Bassi)
  15. Amor volat undique - solo per Soprano e Ragazzi
  16. Dies, nox et omnia - Solo per Baritono
  17. Stetit puella - Solo per Soprano
  18. Circa mea pectora - Solo per Baritono e Coro
  19. Si puer cum puellula - Soli (3 Tenori, Baritono, 2 Bassi)
  20. Veni, veni, venias - Coro doppio
  21. In trutina - Solo per Soprano
  22. Tempus est iocundum - Soli per Soprano e Baritono, Core e Ragazzi
  23. Dulcissime - Solo per Soprano
  24. Ave formosissima - Coro
  25. O Fortuna - Coro

Product Description

RATTLE SIMON / BERLIN P. O.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
Orff's "Carmina Burana" has provided the soundtrack for at least two highly successful advertising campaigns, and has featured in horror movies, comedies, science fiction, fantasy, and practically every form of drama and visual entertainment you could imagine. There is something about this work which gels with modern tastes; it can be adapted to underscore and choreograph a range of human emotions. The music - ..., hedonistic, one moment exuberant and boisterous, the next intimate and conspiratorial - has become iconic.
Based on medieval manuscripts discovered in 1803, these are the ribald poems of some not particularly chaste, German monks. They celebrate the earth, alcohol, and life, with more than a passing reference to sex. (There is a useful little booklet inserted into this CD which gives you the words - alternatively, several websites offer translations ... just type 'carmina burana' into your chosen search engine.) Carl Orff came across them in 1934, and, though he seems to have rapidly penned a number of arrangements, the first performance of his "Carmina Burana" was in Frankfurt, in 1937.
Orff famously described his music as "total theatre". There is no doubt, the "Carmina Burana" is a dramatic, theatrical piece. As a concert performance, it has a visual appeal which few other musical works can emulate as both orchestra and choir become swept up in the spectacle from the very first "Oh Fortuna". Those opening words seize your attention ... and then you are led into the intimacy of the piece as the voices fade almost to silence. When you want people to listen to what you are saying, don't shout ... whisper. Orff is a master of this technique, soothing you into a calm and then taking your breath away.
The musicians, too, conspire to surprise.
Read more ›
Comment 63 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In spite of having a 2004 digital recording technique on his side, the conducting is quite a disappointment: The other reviewer very correctly named it "Rattle with a train to catch".

I would not repeat his other points but would add that the perception on this DDD recording is that the engineers missed the point:
The explosion of dynamic is tamed and quite severely tamed; the very deep bass struck are reduced in impact. The sound-field is taken from some distance from the microphone which leads to overall barriers when trying to "penetrate" (to critically listen to) the sound.

There is however one nice plus to this recording and that is the Tenor soloist (the swan on the pyre song); the young Lawrence Brownee who sings all of his notes without having to resort to the falsetto Kopff-tone. The way he accomplished that makes his passage unforgettable; all of the other tenors in all of the other various recordings stray into the falsetto territory when encountered by the high notes and does not sound very convincing by way of presenting this swan-song.

Of all of the Carmina(s) heard, and those are quite numerous, the one that stands out would be the Rafael de Burgos (EMI, recorded in 1965) a recording that now enjoys a good digital transfer for the orchestra, the choir, and the soloists, also this Burgos has the wonderful clear-voice, perfectly pitched and long breath of the soprano Lucia Popp...!

Certainly the opening statement and the closing statement with Fruhbeck de Burgos are not rushed but built up full of tension and attraction, which is obvious also along all of the tracks.

In closing: Very recommended is the Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos EMI - ADD recording which has clear dynamic and focused, while less recommended is this DDD Berlin/Rattle affair, no matter the "advanced" technology was used.
2 Comments 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I really bought this recording by Lawrence Brownlee, the most beautiful tenor voice of nowadays, in my opinion, and it is a great surprise the reading of Sir Simon Rattle. Close to Previn's studio recording and Ozawa's live one on DVD.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Berlin Phil, Simon Rattle, cracking cast, live (crystal clear modern) recording, what's not to like?

Well, it just feels rushed. The quieter moments are fine, with a delicious "In trutina" (much of the court of love scenes work well, in fact), but the faster pieces are chivvied along unsympathetically. The opening "O Fortuna" in particular is hurried along at the expense of grandeur, and the glorious "Blanziflor et Helena" is over before you know it - no sense of a climax being achieved, more a sprint to the finishing line.

Maybe Rattle doesn't have a natural affinity with the piece, or maybe the exhilaration of the live occasion led all concerned to just go for it, but for whatever reason this doesn't do Orff any favours. What a disappointment.
5 Comments 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Wanting to be original, Rattle has changed tempi and paces, making a "relecture" of this much appreciated, loved work. No need for that, especially no need for these poor, pretentious, preposterous results. Soft passages are too soft, so that loud ones roar if one has listended to the soft ones at a barely normal hearing level. Tempi are even worse; slow ones are lengthened to bore and, most of all, quick tempi are hastened so much that they are often simply ridiculous, like it's too late and they want to rush up and get home. For my taste, any version, no matter how cheap, with unknown orchestra and conductor is surely better than this one. I simply couldn't make all the way through it, not even half of it.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Feedback