s Carmina Burana – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


26/04/2019 — 20:00
Philharmonie | Essen | DE
Carl Orff [1895–1982]

Carmina Burana op.7

Marieke Steenhoek soprano
Albrecht Kludszuweit tenor
Heiko Trinsinger bass

Collegium Vocale Gent
Essener Philharmoniker
Ivor Bolton conductor


Carmina Burana

Carl Orff (1895-1982) acquired instant fame after the premiere of his ‘scenic cantata’ Carmina Burana on 7 June 1937 in the Frankfurt Opera. A mixed choir, boys’ choir and three soloists sing of the fickleness of fate, accompanied by the orchestra. Orff’s combination of the unadulterated texts by itinerant medieval students (‘goliards’) and a modern, direct tonal language full of movement and rhythm seemed to strike a chord with audiences, and made the piece one of the twentieth century’s most compelling box-office hits.