Like great crashing gods bursting through the skies to wake the dead, the thunderingCarmina Burana returns to the Hamer Hall stage showcasing the MSO
Chorus in all its glory. With the massive power of the full orchestra
and chorus, it comes to glorious fruition only in live performance.
A piece of light, joy, ferocity and booming bombast, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
is immediately impactful. The piece features a driving rhythmic
structure, grand shifts in mood and eventual ecstatic climax. But the
1936 cantata has a dark history. Its premiere in Frankfurt made Orff’s
name in the cultural circles of the Nazi Party, and the taint of that
association clung to the work and the composer for decades. But the
piece has outlived its past and has become one of the most
often-performed choral works of the 20th century, with numerous
references throughout popular culture.
Stravinsky had just enjoyed immense success with his Firebird at the Paris Opera in 1910, when he intended to begin work on a piece about pagan Russia. The famedRite of Spring would have to wait as a work about a clown puppet; Petrushka
began forming in his mind. He again teamed up with Ballet Russes
impresario Serge Diaghilev, to whom he played a portion of his score.
Diaghilev began to sketch the accompanying ballet, and the work
premiered with Vaslav Nijinsky in the title role, to great acclaim in
June of 1911.
Brilliant Italian conductor Andrea Molino returns to conduct the mammoth Carmina Burana,
with an appearance by Australian opera stars Emma Matthews and Kanen
Breen with American Christopher Magiera, alongside the massive combined
musical power of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, MSO Chorus and National Boys Choir.