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The legendary cantata "Carmina Burana" is the most famous work of the 20th century by German composer Karl Orff. Written in 1937, the cantata amazes listeners today both with its monumentality (both in terms of the enormous composition of the orchestra and in duration) and, at the same time, with its artistic democracy, surprisingly combining the "seriousness" of the academic genre and its bright super-shaped presentation. Many numbers of Orff's immortal composition became the most popular works of academic music throughout the twentieth century. And the most famous is the legendary opening choir “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi”. Simplicity and clarity of form are combined in it with a deeply philosophical idea of the fatality of fate: in such a combination of the simplicity of the harmonic language and structure on the one hand and the polysemy, the complexity of the themes and ideas raised in music, on the other, lies the charm of the music of the outstanding German composer.
Orff's work is based on twenty-four poems from a collection of medieval poetry called Carmina Burana. This name is translated from Latin as "Songs of Boyern". This is due to the fact that the original manuscript of the collection ("Codex Buranus") was found in 1803 in the Benedictine monastery in Boyern (Bavaria). The themes of these poems, and accordingly from the musical analogue, are relevant not only for the XIII century: they are the inconstancy of luck and wealth, the transience of life, the joy of the return of spring and the pleasure of drunkenness, gluttony, gambling and love.
Conductor - Denis Vlasenko. Soloists - Daria Zykova (soprano), Alexander Bogdanov (tenor). The concert will be attended by the Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir under the direction of People's Artist of the USSR V.N. Minin.