AND THEY’RE OFF

July 1, 2013 – 4:48 am

Who let the dogs of war out?

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DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with JAAP VAN ZWEDEN, conducting
ORFF: Carmina Burana; MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas; May 23/25, 2013 and broadcast June 17, 2013. Excellent FM stereo.

Edward Snowden’s in the news. The world is being spied upon by American’s internet watchdogs. Whatcha gonna do?

We will listen to Jaap Van Zweden conduct Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a tale of young men about to enlist into monkhood, who have written about the good life they are about to surrender to the wheel of fortune and fate. Snowden, we hear you shout. Sent to Conventry in Eucador, indefinitely.

Orff, using the neophyte’s text, has written a thrilling score, both celebratory and war-like. The text was written during medieval times and they do “ring a bell” when reading the news today. Almost like listening to young men about to sign the Official Secrets Act of total obedience before becoming “spies” er, the politically-correct term is “intelligence officers”, screaming, singing out loud their thoughts about the ethics and morality of it. Just like monks.

We have re-entered the Dark Ages, have we not?

Yet, the voice of reason tells us that we are supposed to have left all that behind with the arrival of “enlightenment”, people power, leaders who can be removed through peaceful elections but today, are you afraid of your government? Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning surely are.

“(I’m Afraid of Americans is) merely sardonic. I was traveling in Java when [its] first McDonald’s went up: it was like, ‘for fuck’s sake’. The invasion by any homogenised culture is so depressing, the erection of another Disney World in, say, Umbria, Italy, more so. It strangles the indigenous culture and narrows expression of life.”

David Bowie on his dislike for globalisation, except it wasn’t labelled as such then, when he wrote I’m Afraid Of Americans, first released on, of all places, the soundtrack to Showgirls. The punchline for that song is “God is an American” and that’s why Obama says internet spying is all right when done by America.

Once upon a time, Europe colonised the world to spread the word of Christianity. And for gold, too.

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- Professor Red

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Disc 1 (28:41m)
Mozart - Violin Concerto 3
Track 101. Intro 02:41 (4.5MB)
Track 102. I-Allegro 10:05 (16.9MB)
Track 103. II-Adagio 08:07 (13.6MB)
Track 104. III-Rondeau-Allegro 06:31 (11.0MB)
Track 105. Outro 01:17 (2.2MB)

Disc 2 (70:20m)
Carmina Burana
Track 201. Intro 04:09 (7.0MB)
Track 202. Fortuna Imperatrix-Mundi-O Fortuna 02:29 (4.2MB)
Track 203. Fortuna Imperatrix-Mundi-Fortune plango 02:35 (4.3MB)
Track 204. 1 Primo vere-Veris leta facies 03:35 (6.0MB)
Track 205. 1 Primo vere-Omnia Sol temperat 02:04 (3.5MB)
Track 206. 1 Primo vere-Ecce gratum 02:37 (4.4MB)
Track 207. Uf dem Anger-Dance 01:46 (3.0MB)
Track 208. Uf dem Anger-Floret silva nobilis 03:09 (5.3MB)
Track 209. Uf dem Anger-Chramer gip die varwe 05:31 (9.3MB)
Track 210. Uf dem Anger-Swaz hie gat umbe-Chume 02:44 (4.6MB)
Track 211. Uf dem Anger-Were diu werlt alle min 00:51 (1.4MB)
Track 212. 2 In Taberna-Estuans interius 02:21 (3.9MB)
Track 213. 2 In Taberna-Olim lacus colueram 03:22 (5.6MB)
Track 214. 2 In Taberna-Ego sum abbas 01:28 (2.5MB)
Track 215. 2 In Taberna-In taberna quando sumus 02:55 (4.9MB)
Track 216. 3 Cour d amours-Amor volat undique 03:19 (5.6MB)
Track 217. 3 Cour d amours-Dies nox et omnia 02:11 (3.7MB)
Track 218. 3 Cour d amours-Stetit puella 01:43 (2.9MB)
Track 219. 3 Cour d amours-Circa mea pectora 01:58 (3.3MB)
Track 220. 3 Cour d amours-Si puer cum puellula 00:52 (1.5MB)
Track 221. 3 Cour d amours-Veni veni venias 00:58 (1.6MB)
Track 222. 3 Cour d amours-In trutina 02:13 (3.7MB)
Track 223. 3 Cour d amours-Tempus est iocundum 02:26 (4.3MB)
Track 224. 3 Cour d amours-Dulcissime 00:38 (1.1MB)
Track 225. Blanziflor et Helena-Ave formosissima 01:40 (2.8MB)
Track 226. Fortuna Imperatrix-Mundi-O Fortuna 02:30 (4.2MB)
Track 227. Outro 03:08 (5.3MB)
Track 228. Interview - Cynthia Nott 05:09 (8.7MB)

Total Time (1:39:01)

Performers:
Nathan Olson - violin
Sarah Joy Miller - soprano
John Osborn - tenor
Liam Bonner - baritone
Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann, director
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas: Cynthia Nott, director

The best versions of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, endorsed by Orff, is Eugen Jochum’s. The MONO version recorded in 1952 can be found on this two-CD compilation, Trionfi, with two other similar pounding, war-like Orff anthems. Buy it here.

Stereophiles will prefer this 1968 reinterpretation by Eugen Jochum, recorded in stereo and presumably sonically improved. Take note the very dynamic range of the recording. Buy it here.

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  1. 5 Responses to “AND THEY’RE OFF”

  2. From Iggy to Orff - Thanks for the great variety choice, can’t wait to hear!

    By lowendbill on Jul 1, 2013

  3. Carmina Burana is a wonderful piece - I was lucky enough to take part in a performance of it a few years ago, as one voice in a very large choir. Fun to perform and fun to listen to.

    Trying to relate the piece to current political controversies seems to be a bit of a stretch.

    By MrBill on Jul 2, 2013

  4. for ppl not familiar here.. tracks 202 and 226 are the pieces they will most recognize as being from films like the omen and other scary movies. very ominous. i can feel the skies darken and the leaves swirling about as the piece plays.

    By darth on Jul 2, 2013

  5. appropo; Ray Manzarek also recorded a full version of “Carmina”, with a small jazz-rock combo providing the instrumentation for a full choir. Produced by Philip Glass. Highly recommended!

    By lowendbill on Jul 2, 2013

  6. Dunno, MrBill, I kinda like the current-day parallel, even if it sounds like a stretch at first. I’ve sung Carmina in a chorus too. Ultimately the text comes down to drinking (escape), fucking and death, each a very basic human urge and/or obsession that must cross the minds of Assange, Manning, Snowden and military folks in ways I can only imagine. I can’t think of another piece of music with the emotional depth and breadth of Carmina that’s so universally applicable.

    By Motorvilleboy on Jul 3, 2013

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