Carmina Burana and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2


Carl Orff Carmina Burana cantata and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 concert. Recorded 2018 at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in the Forbidden City, Beijing. Features soloists Aida Garifullina (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Daniil Trifonov (piano), and Mari Samuelsen (violin). Long Yu conducts the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Spring Children’s Choir, and the Wiener Singakademie (Chorus Master Heinz Ferlesch). Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Disc contains three works:

  1. Carl Orff Carmina Burana with soloists Aida Garifullina, Toby Spence, and Ludovic Tézier

  2. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Daniil Trifonov

  3. Max Richter November with violinist Mari Samuelsen

  4. Tianhua Liu Enchanted Night

  5. Jasmine Flower, a traditional Chinese folk song.

Usually we exclude performances in vast outdoor spaces because such large venues make it difficult to get high-quality visual and aural recordings. We have to make an exception here. We think DG will do what ever it takes to get a good recording for their 120th Anniversary Concert with such a distinguished line-up of stars. And we doubt just anybody can rent the space in front of the Imperial Ancestral Temple in the Forbidden City. Finally, we have no HDVD at present with Orff’s Carmina Burana. So this figures to be spectacularly good recording!

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