Carmina Burana (album)

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Carmina Burana
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)The Whole Thing Started With Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control1974
Carmina Burana
Ballads Before The Rain
with Roy Rogers
(2008)Ballads Before The Rain2008
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 Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Music composed by Carl Orff. Original Latin lyrics adopted to English (C) B. Schott's Soehne 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 modern items like guitar, drums, reel-to-reel and keyboards. Cover design by Lynn Robb. Photography by Larry Williams.


  • 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 Heuues
  • Michael Hume
  • Elliot Levine
  • Dora Ohrenstein
  • Patrick Tomano
  • Imball Wheeler

Production notes[edit]

Recording Engineer: John Beverly Jones

Mixing Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

Recorded at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA. Cheerokee Recording Studios, Holiwood, 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.