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Posted October 1, 2010
Christian Thielemann has the equivalent of an architect's mind blended into the vision of a musician. His concept of the ever-popular CARMINA BURANA may not knock the socks off your sound system, may not hit the raucous highs of other recordings that strive for dramatic and lusty effect, but as for the work rethought as a cantata, this version is among the best. Thielemann has his huge forces (Orchestra and Choir of the Berlin Opera, Knabenchor Berlin, soloists Christiane Oelze, Simon Keenlyside and David Kuebler) in meticulous control and that is not to say he doesn't allow the passion inherent in this work to flow. Quite the opposite, he pays attention to the gentler moments of each section so that the outbursts become more impactful. Oelze, Keenlyside and Kuebler are just about as fine a group of soloists as could be gathered for this work and they each perform with great beauty and style. The chorus proves its reputation as one of the finest opera choruses with crystal clear enunciation and unity of sound. Clearly this recording of a chestnut is one that will open the eyes of even the most critical audiences who have their own favorite versions of Carmina Burana. Highly Recommended. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.