Carmina Burana (album)

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

Carmina Burana
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Studio album by
GenreProgressive rock, Art rock, Classical crossover
ProducerPhilip Glass, Kurt Munkacsi
Ray Manzarek chronology
The Whole Thing Started with Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control
Carmina Burana
Ballads Before The Rain
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Cover artEdit

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.

Track listingEdit

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)"


  • 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 notesEdit

  • 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 notesEdit

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]