Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana (Philadelphia Orchestra & Rutgers University Choir)
"O Fortuna" aside, Carmina Burana is an interesting work. Never before did source material that is basically about imbibing spirits and partaking in various forms of debauchery sound so inspired. I don't know how Orff read the poems that make up the text of Carmina Burana and thought, "This would make a wonderful cantata!" and not "Gee these medieval poets were naughty!" This is as secular as secular music gets in the field of classical music. Anyway, I know there are those who find Carmina Burana overrated and generally annoying, but I still love it. I knew it as a kid before it became the bedding music of every sports promo in the universe, and I'm still able to enjoy it despite its status. This particular recording by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rutgers University Choir is fine by me, as are most things on the Sony Classical imprint.