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    Carmina Burana

    Carl Orff

    A stage cantata composed from medieval poems, with powerful choruses that have exerted a strong fascination ever since it was premiered.

    Choeur Radio France
    Chœur Radio France © Christophe Abramowitz
    Kazuki Yamada
    Kazuki Yamada © DR

    Regula Mühlemann | soprano
    Matthias Rexroth | countertenor
    Ludovic Tézier | baritone

    Kazuki Yamada | direction
    Orchestre National de France
    Chœur de Radio France
    Maîtrise de Radio France

    First part
    Roussel  Bacchus et Ariane, suite No. 2

    This monumental cantata is one of the most famous choral works, notably for the first movement “O fortuna”, but it is rarely performed in its entirety. This work by Carl Orff (1895-1982), premiered in 1935-1936, is based on 24 medieval poems from an anthology entitled Carmina Burana, first published in 1884. The title, which literally means “songs of Beuern”, is a reference to the Benediktbeuern monastery in Bavaria, where the manuscripts were discovered. The libretto comprises texts in Latin, Middle High German and Old French. The secular subject matter, which is handled with a degree of irony, is varied and universal: fluctuating fortunes, the ephemerality of life, the joy sparked by the return of spring, and the pleasures of alcohol, the flesh, gambling and lust. It is also first and foremost a work which packs a punch with its cast of no fewer than 120 child and adult singers on stage.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Radio France
    France Musique live broadcasts this concert on the 25th of January.