- Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra
Orff's famous setting of medieval Latin poems has great energy and epic sweep. No wonder it's so popular. The brilliant young conductor Christian Thielemann whips up the German Opera Orchestra and Choir to fever pitch, and he is blessed with singers who stand up to the stiff competition on records. The multifariously talented baritone Simon Keenlyside strikes a philosophic note in "Omnia Sol temperat" (The Sun Warms Everything), and delivers the energetic tavern song, "Estuans interius" (Burning Inside) with Verdian panache. Tenor David Kuebler blithely soars through the stratospherically high ballad meant to be sung by a roasted swan. Thielemann digs into Orff's odd medieval-sounding effects, resulting in a highly characterful and dramatic interpretation. CARMINA BURANA is this up-and-coming young conductor's finest recording yet.