s O Fortuna! – Collegium Vocale Gent

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PHILIPPE HERREWEGHE

25/02/2014 — 19:00

*Carl ORFF* (1895-1982):
Carmina Burana op.7

Yeree Suh _soprano_
Yves Saelens _tenor_
Thomas E.Bauer _bass_

Scola Cantorum Cantate Domino
*Collegium Vocale Gent*
Anima Eterna Brugge
Jos van Immerseel

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O Fortuna!

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. True to form, Jos van Immerseel has taken a critical look at this repertoire piece and dusted it off, and will no doubt give it a fresh reading.