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Weekly Vinyl – Orff

24 Feb

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Conductor
(1960)

This album has the devil music.
You know – that bombastic score that is used on occasion to signify evil on screen. Real and menacing evil.
It, more specifically the final movement is well known to all. It was used in Excalibur, The Doors, Capitalism: A love Story, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and so on. It has been called the most overused piece of music
The text is not evil. Although it is in Latin – and the fact that I had to take a year of Latin is evil.
This disk has lyrics – so you can sing along in Latin. You can even sing along in olde English as the Latin text is translated into the Language of Shakespeare.
From the Famous O Fortuna:
“O Fortune,
Variable
As the moon,
always dost thou
Wax and wane.”
Evil indeed.
The music is bombastic and brilliant.
I’ll have to play it for my kids to scare them.

Weekly Vinyl – Planets

23 Oct

Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(1976)
SONY DSC

It is amazing how the memory works. I won’t remember where I placed the car keys10 minutes ago but I will remember the circumstances of a purchase that happened many years ago.
This album is a fair example of this phenomenon.
I was in a record store with a woman I fancied at the time and she went on-an-on about what a great composition The Planets by Gustav Holtz is. I distinctly remembering here tell me that she had the composition in here home but it was by another orchestra and conductor and she could not guarantee that this would be as excellent a version as the one she had.
I bought it because of the funky cover.
Listening to it now, the music is interesting and quite different as there are moments which are so quiet and subtle that they are barely audible over the hum of my computer`s fan. Then the music rears up and bites you.
It is funny but I hear strains of different film scores here, a part sounded like some of the Star Wars movies besides some others, even though it was completed in 1917 – I guess it is an influential piece.