NativeDSD is excited to bring you the amazing Carmina Burana from Budapest with the Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra on Hunnia Records. It is their 4th album at NativeDSD and follows the earlier Pure DSD 256 Stereo releases Pictures, Born For Passion: Virtuoso Hungarian Symphonic Music and Sound of Movies.
Our very own Engineer Tom Caulfield was at the session and helped record & balance the album before mastering it. The album features 56 recorded channels of audio. But there is more!
Orff’s Carmina Burana is one of the most popular works in music history. Orff brilliantly captured the elementality, playfulness, mischievousness and a kind of seductive vulgarity of these poems in the Benediktbeuern collection.
Orff’s rhythm-centered musical language was particularly suited to the setting of these poems, and the musical material, which is repeated three times in the strophicity of each movement, makes the listener a fan of the work almost at first hearing. Numerous images and recordings of sound and scenic productions preserve the work for posterity.
This recording is nothing more and nothing less than a real musical delight. The performing apparatus recorded Orff’s work in an extraordinary setting – the renovated Royal Riding School in Buda – after many concerts.
We hope that listeners will also enjoy this recording.
Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra
Budapest Academic Choral Society
Rita Rácz, Soprano
Lúcia Megyesi-Schwartz, Soprano
István Horváth, Tenor
Zsolt Haja, Baritone
Gábor Hollerung, Conductor
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:57:25
|Analog to Digital Converter
Hapi, Merging Technologies
Tom Caulfield, NativeDSD Mastering Labs
Neumann KH 420
|Original Recording Format
Róbert Zoltán Hunka
Gábor Halász, Tom Caulfield, Sándor Árok
Royal Riding Hall at the Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary on June 11-12, 2022
|January 13, 2023
Audiophile Soud (magazine)
The chorus’ intonation and ensemble are excellent…
…the very characterful baritone, Zsolt Haja, combines power and lyricism and need fear no comparison.
…the conductor, Gábor Hollerung, who chooses sensible tempi, carefully delineates line and rhythm and – allowing for the small string band – plays close attention to instrumental detail and balance.
…within a nice middle-distance overall balance the bass-drum sounds huge, with admirable definition, the two pianos are always audible, the brass have presence and sparkle and the woodwind are never swamped (the piccolo is very clear in Fortuna…vulnera for example). Being recorded in DSD256 there is plenty of space on the DSD512 download, the generous acoustic is beautifully captured, the dynamic range is excellent and DSD512 is the nearest digital can get to equalling classic analogue when reproducing the vibrancy of the human voice.
This performance of Carmina Burana rises to among the better of the performances I have in my library. What is most striking to my ears is the clarity of the voices in the chorus. More so than almost any other recording I have, the voices here are clear, highly resolved and very articulate. One can actually hear each sung word, which is a truly remarkable credit to both chorus, given that it’s being sung in vernacular Latin, and to recording engineer.
This recording was made in a dedicated recording session over three days, but after many prior live performances in the same venue. The performers all sound immensely well-prepared in this final recording.
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