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Carl Orff
Carmina Burana
1 CD | 60min | Nr. SWR19516CD (= 93.280)
CD 1: » Wilhelm Killmayer: Carmina Burana (Songs from Benediktbeuren: Profane songs for soloists, choir and orchestra; Adapted for Chamber Choir, 2 Pianos and )

The exciting chamber version of Orff’s Carmina burana, rarely recorded and performed. The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the top choirs worldwide. Outstanding vocal soloists. Re-release of an SWRmusic bestseller (93.280).

The version on this album for soloists, choir, two pianos and percussion was arranged by Wilhelm Killmayer in 1956 at the request of Carl Orff, his teacher at the time. Musically, the chamber version has a charm all of its own. The choral music and percussion parts are unchanged, while the orchestral part is arranged for two pianos. While this does not increase the music's rhythmic essence, it does alter its significance. Only in this reduction does it become clear how sparingly, yet cleverly, Orff handles his compositional material.