Carmina Burana

Energetic and powerful about human desires and vices.

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana

Wednesday 28 April 19:30 – Buy ticket
Thursday 29 April 19:30 – Buy ticket

Due to the corona situation, the concert programs can be changed in the very short term, which contributes to the fact that printed programs are not practical as the situation is now. We hope you understand this.

Carl Orff’s spectacular masterpiece, composed in 1935/36, is probably one of the most performed choral works from the last century, and takes with enormous energy and raw power the human desires and vices, longing, despair, rebellion, love and intoxication.

The texts are taken from the manuscript Carmina Burana which consists of over 300 texts with medieval poetry found in the monastery Benediktbeuern in Germany. Orff selected 24 of these texts for his work.

The work does not have a specific course of action, but follows the annual cycle. The work begins and ends with “O Fortuna”, a complaint about the power of fate, and in the meantime we visit the spring, out in the meadow, in the inn, and we hear songs about love.

The evening’s version of the work is arranged for soloists, choir, percussion and two pianos. Both the soprano Lina Johnson and the baritone Audun Iversen are well-known names to the audience in Bergen, and the countertenor David Hansen is described as a vocal phenomenon without equal.

Bergen Philharmonic Chorus
Edvard Grieg Kor
Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master
Edward Gardner, conductor
Lina Johnson, soprano
Audun Iversen, baritone
David Hansen, countertenor

Jarle Rotevatn, piano
Ellena Hale, piano
Gard Garshol, Peter Kates, Manuel Hofstätter, percussion
Håkon Kartveit, timpani

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