Thursday, January 29, 2009

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana.

Believe it or not, samples from this cantata are ubiquitous in our modern day lives. You will have probably heard parts of Track 1, O Fortuna, as a backdrop for horror movie scenes, car commercials, sporting events, etc. It has even been sampled by Enigma on their CD The Screen Behind the Mirror. Listen to the whole thing sometime. You will not be disappointed. My recording is the one pictured above and listed directly below, endorsed by the man, Carl Orff himself.

Carmina Burana by Eugen Jochum with the Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin and Gundula Janowitz, Gerhard Stolze, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Recorded October 1967 in Berlin's Ufa-Studio, released 1968 (Deutsche Grammophon).

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