When I was growing up, one of my favorite items in my dad's collection of 2,000-plus classical albums was the 1965 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos recording of Carmina Burana. And apparently I wasn't alone. The legendary Spanish conductor's version of Carl Orff's 1936 oratorio, or "scenic cantata," as the composer called it, is regarded as one of the finest, praised for its warmth, energy and vivid tonal landscape. Of course, Frühbeck de Burgos had some help from fabulous soloists including Lucia Popp, Gerhard Ungar and Raymond Wolansky. But he remains perhaps the foremost interpreter of Orff's phenomenal setting of the ribald, sensuous medieval poems celebrating the eternal spring of life. And 47 years later, he's still at it. Now 79, Frühbeck de Burgos is as active as ever, and he's never lost his enthusiasm for Carmina Burana, which he'll be conducting this week at the Bowl. The performance features the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale and soloists Laura Claycomb, Nicholas Phan and Hugh Russell. Don't miss this one. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave.; Tues. & Thurs., Aug. 28 & 30, 8 p.m.; $1.75-$145. (323) 850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com.
Tue., Aug. 28, 8 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 30, 8 p.m., 2012