Similar artists



Classical - Released February 15, 2002 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Full Operas - Released February 3, 2015 | Myto Historical

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica

Classical - Released November 6, 2009 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Classical - Released July 25, 2011 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Classical - Released March 5, 2012 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Choc de Classica

Full Operas - Released January 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica

Classical - Released June 7, 2011 | Profil

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica

Opera - Released February 16, 2018 | Orfeo

Hi-Res Booklet

Classical - Released March 18, 2013 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released November 16, 2012 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released November 22, 2010 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released October 10, 2011 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released September 3, 2007 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released January 18, 2010 | Warner Classics

The chamber operas Der Mond and Die Kluge are about as close as Carl Orff got to writing traditional opera, but they are still pretty quirky, musically and dramatically. They were written in the late '30s and early '40s, just after the success of Carmina Burana, and they resemble that work in their musical style: flashy, colorful orchestration, lyrical vocal lines, lots of ostinatos, and propulsive, driving rhythms. Both are taken from stories by the Brothers Grimm, and the composer wrote the librettos. The plot of Der Mond is outrageously silly, and Orff's musical treatment is genuinely funny, which is quite an accomplishment, especially when one tries to assemble a list of 20th century operas that can actually make an audience laugh. The music is no more profound than the plot, but it is sweetly genial, brilliantly clever, and dramatically apt. It's an ensemble opera and there are no big solo parts, but bass Hans Hotter and tenor Rudolf Christ excel in their relatively important, but still modest, roles. The smaller roles are also beautifully done, and the vocal ensemble is remarkable, due in no small part to the leadership of Wolfgang Sawallisch, who conducts the Philharmonia Chorus and Children's Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Die Kluge is somewhat more conventionally structured, with principals who have real arias and plenty of opportunities to shine vocally, and bass-baritone Gottlob Frick, tenor Marcel Cordes, and soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf do just that, singing with gorgeous tone and memorably vivid characterizations. The entire cast, down to the smallest roles, is outstanding in bringing the characters to life. Here, too, Sawallisch draws passionate playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Orff has the instincts of a composer born to write for the stage, and these are operas that deserve broader exposure. It would be hard to imagine a better place to start than these superlative recordings, made by EMI in 1956 and 1957. Produced by Walter Legge, the sound is fabulous and there are terrifically effective sound effects.

Classical - Released January 1, 1978 | Philips


Classical - Released April 2, 2007 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released August 27, 2010 | RCA Red Seal


Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | Sony Classical


Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | Sony Classical


Classical - Released February 23, 2009 | Warner Classics