Carmina Burana (album)

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Carmina Burana
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Studio album by Ray Manzarek
Released 1983
Genre Progressive rock, Art rock, Classical crossover
Length 39:57
Label A&M
Producer Philip Glass, Kurt Munkacsi
Ray Manzarek chronology
The Whole Thing Started with Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control
(1974)
Carmina Burana
(1983)
Ballads Before The Rain
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Carmina Burana is the third solo album by Ray Manzarek released in 1983. It is a recording of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Music composed by Carl Orff. Original Latin lyrics adopted to English (C) B. Schott's Söhne by permission of European American Music

  1. "Destiny: Ruler of the World – The Wheel of Fortune (O Fortuna)"
  2. "Destiny: Ruler of the World – The Wounds of Fate (Fortune plango)"
  3. "Springtime: The Face of Spring (Veris leta facies)"
  4. "Springtime: Sunrise (Omnia sol temperat)"
  5. "Springtime: Welcome (Ecce gratum)"
  6. "Springtime: The Dance (Tanz)" – (Tanz Mix: Ich Schau D mix)
  7. "Springtime: Sweetest Boy (Dulcissime)"
  8. "Springtime: If the Whole World Was Mine (Were diu werlt)"
  9. "In the Tavern: Boiling Rage (Estuans interius)"
  10. "In the Tavern: The Roasted Swan (Olim lacus)"
  11. "In the Tavern: In the Tavern (In taberna)"
  12. "The Court of Love: Love Flies Everywhere (Amor volat)"
  13. "The Court of Love: A Young Girl (Stetit puella)"
  14. "The Court of Love: Come, My Beauty (Veni veni venias)"
  15. "The Court of Love: The Lovers (Blanziflor et Helena)"
  16. "Destiny: Ruler of the World – The Wheel of Fortune (O Fortuna)"

Cover art[edit]

Cover art features photo-montage of illustrations by Hieronymus Bosch (spelled on original release as Hieronymus Beach) and Jan van Eyck (Arnolfini Portrait) and modern items like guitar, drums, reel-to-reel and keyboards. Cover design by Lynn Robb. Photography by Larry Williams.

Personnel[edit]

  • Ray Manzarek – piano, organ, keyboards, arrangements
  • Michael Riesman – synthesizers, orchestrations, conductor
  • Larry Anderson – drums
  • Ted Hall – guitar
  • Doug Hodges – bass
  • Adam Holzman – synthesizers
  • Jack Kripl – saxophones, flutes

Principal Singers

  • Catherine Aks
  • Ma Premm Alimo
  • Bruce Fifer
  • Maryann Hart
  • Cindy Hewes
  • Michael Hume
  • Elliot Levine
  • Dora Ohrenstein
  • Patrick Romano
  • Kimball Wheeler

Production notes[edit]

  • Recording Engineer: John Beverly Jones
  • Mixing Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli
  • Recorded at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA. Cheerokee Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA. Greene St. Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.
  • Mixed at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
  • Digital Mastering at Masterdisc, New York, N.Y.

Liner notes[edit]

In 1983 Ray Manzarek, long attracted to the spiritual power of Carmina Burana, chose to interpret the piece in a contemporary framework. This presentation intends to create enchanted pictures; to conjure up the ecstasy expressed by the lyrics, an enhanced intense feeling for life akin to the passions and revelry of the wandering poets of so long ago.[citation needed]

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