26 January 2013

Carmina Burana

EAC | APE + CUE | Covers | 1.12 Gb

Date CD: October 16, 1992 | Harmonia Mundi

CD 1
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What a recording! The engagement of each participant is absolute; they take pleasure in rendering this music, in all of its facets. The proofs are too numerous to list them all here; let's just take a few examples: the voice of Pilar Figueras, as charming as the one of her sister (Ludus de Passione), the inimitable verve of René Zosso (Officium lusorum), the recorder played with skill by René Clemencic (everywhere). Above all, the pieces grouping the whole ensemble (In taberna quando sumus, Bacche bene venies) are full of life and imagination. Sometimes the voices are bad, but that's part of the game! For people looking for emotions, of all kinds.
(comment from

The courageous and scholarly reconstruction of the traditional Carmina Burana ("Lyrics from Benediktbeuren") by Dr René Clemencic and his group of singers and instrumentalists presents a spirited and lively picture of student (and clerical) life between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. It includes exuberant songs of eating and drinking as well as songs of tender freshness telling of springtime and love. The "Dicers' Mass" (Officium Lusorum) parodies many well known Gregorian chants. Its satire would only come naturally to those who knew their service-books backwards and whose lives were largely taken up with the work of preparing and singing the liturgy. For this reason this 'mass' has an astonishing dimension of sheer familiarity.
(Review from

This performance features Hans Breitschopf (countertenor), René Clemencic (recorders, flute, cornet, shepherd's flute, organ), Richard Erig (shawm, bombarde), Andràs Kécskès (lute, rubebe, psaltery), Pedro Liendo (baritone), Anne Osnowycz (buche), Frantisek Pik (cornet, courbe, mandolin), Spiros Rantos (vielles, rabab), Walter Schiefer (percussion), Zeger Vandersteene (countertenor, percussion), and René Zosso (hurdy-gurdy, chant).

According to director Clemencic, this is not intended to be a definitive version of the Carmina Burana, but rather a faithful rendering of the text received. It is fun, lively, and full of spirit. Originally recorded for vinyl in 1974, the transfer to disc has been expertly achieved.


CD1 - Carmina gulatorum et potarum - Carmina lusorum - Carmina moralia et divina
1. Bacche, bene venies I (CB 200)
2. Virent prata hiemata (CB 151)
3. Nomen a solempnibus (CB 52)
4. Alte clamat Epicurus (CB 211) - Nu lebe ich (CB 211a)
5. Vite perdite II (CB 31)
6. Vacillantis trutine I (CB 108)
7. In taberna quando sumus (CB 196)

Officium lusorum (CB 215/215a):
8. Introitus: Lugeamus omnes in Decio
9. Epistola: Lectio actuum apopholorum
10. Sequentia: Victime novali
11. Evangelium: Sequentia falsi evangelii
12. Oratio: Ornemus!
13. Dic, Christi veritas (CB 131) - Bulla fulminante (CB 131a)
14. Licet eger II (CB 8)
15. Si vocatus ad nupcias (CB 26,3)
16. Nomen a solempnibus II (CB 52)
17. Fas et nefas ambulant (CB 19)
18. Flete flenda (CB 5)
19. Homo qui vigeas (CB 22)
20. Procurans odium II (CB 12)
21. Crucifigat omnes (CB 47)

CD2 - Carmina Moralia - Carmina Veris et Amoris
1. Deduc, Syon, uberrimas (CB 34)
2. Ecce, torpet probitas (CB 3)
3. In terra sumus rex (CB 11)
4. Tempus transit gelidum (CB 153)
5. Bacche, bene venies II (CB 200)
6. Licet eger (CB 8)
7. In Gedonis ara (CB 37)
8. Exiit diluculo rustica puella (CB 90)
9. Clauso Chronos (CB 73)
10. Olim sudor Herculis (CB 63)
11. Virent prata hiemata (CB 151/151a)
12. Veris dulcis in tempore I (CB 159)
13. Vacillantis trutine II (CB 108)
14. Michi confer, venditor I (CB 16)
15. Veris dulcis in tempore II (CB 159)

CD3 - Carmina Divina - Ludus de Passione - Carmina amoris infelicis
1. Ave nobilis venerabilis Maria (CB 11)
2. Fulget dies celebris (CB 153)
3. Ave, domina mundi (CB 18)
4. Ave Maria, gratia plena (CB 15)
5. Deus, in nomine tue (CB 15)
6. Ludus de Passione (CB 16)
7. Regali ex progenie Maria (CB 18)
8. Sanctissima et glorissima (CB 18)
9. Iste mundus furibundus (CB 24)
10. Axe Phebus aureo (CB 71)
11. Dulce solum natalis patrie (CB 119)
12. Procurans odium I (CB 12)
13. Vite perdite I (CB 31)
14. Sic mea fata canendo solo (CB 116)
15. Ich was ein chint so wolgetan (CB 185)

Clemencic Consort
René Clemencic
Recorded in February 1974

I'm resurrecting here some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real project behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the tide. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...


mt said...

magnificent, I am overwhelmed. many thanks for digging this up and sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Frantisek Pok!

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Kwork said...

Holy cow! I had to comment here. This is a fantastic share! Thank you so very much for this three disc edition.