London Symphony Orchestra - Carmina Burana

London Symphony Orchestra - Carmina Burana

Catalogue Code: 782012

Barcode: 5050457820121

Release Date: 22 Aug 2011

Performers: Penelope Walmsley-Clark (soprano) John Graham-Hall (tenor) Donald Maxwell (baritone) Southend Boys’ Choir London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Conducted by Richard Hickox The first performance of Carl Orff's Cantata "CARMINA BURANA" took place at the Opera House in Frankfurt in June, 1937. This performance won recognition for a composer who today, ranks among the foremost of contemporary composers in Germany. "CARMINA BURANA" is named after the Bavarian Convent Benediktbeuren where the famous song manuscripts of the 13th century were found in 1803. These manuscripts are some of the most valuable examples of Mediaeval poetry in existence. Their anonymous poets can be looked for in the circles of the Vaganten or Galiarden, a chequered party of travelling scholars, students and run-away clerks, writers, singers and musicians, rejects of convents and universities. The work begins with a powerful appeal to the goddess of destiny, Fortuna, whose caprices are ever changing, and to which man is helplessly exposed, so that his existence is swayed unsteadily backwards and forwards between life and death, but which nevertheless he defies with a bold and insolent courage and oblivious to the wounds he receives in this battle. The first part, "Veri leta facies" is a festival, celebrating in dancing and song, the re-awakening of Nature in Spring, a power which strengthens man in his battle with destiny. At first almost timorously, "Kam die alte Liebe nicht neu in deine See le?" then discarding all reserve, man abandons himself to life's pleasures, awakened by the longed-for Spring. Eros is stirred once again and urges the young maidens to ask where their lovers are tarrying. The forest is blooming and clad in green. Their tender yet daring demand, "Sich mich an, junger Mann, lass mich dir gefallen", is answered by the young man thus addressed "Was sich hier umtreibt, sind Madels allesamt, die wollen an den Mann diesen Sommer noch heran". The conclusion of the first part of the Spring celebration is an exultant outburst expressing that all the treasures of the world would gladly be thrown away for the embrace of a beautiful woman. The second part of the work is for male voices only. Gathered in the Inn, the men hear the wild and bold confession of life by a rebellious spirit (a ghost), full of anger at the miserable world's endeavour to challenge destiny. They also hear the pitiable lament of a once beautiful creature, the swan, whom fate has decreed shall be roasted and eaten. Another creature ill-used by fate recites with despairing impudence the litany of an abbot. Finally, everyone falls into a powerful drinking chorus, and the misery of the world is overcome by a bacchanalian merriness awakened by the spirit of the wine. The third part, similar to the Spring celebration at the beginning of the work is a festival of love. "Amor volat undique", man and woman confess to each other the disquiet in their souls and the pain of loneliness and longing in finding each other. A short, pert, satirical song preludes the coming pleasures of a union, and the confession of an inflamed and stormy young love. This is followed by a homage to "Ave formossissima", the hymn to the goddess of love, the shining light of the world. During this climax the feeling changes abruptly and in a repetition of the opening chorus, "O, Fortuna", man yields once more to the ruling of the almighty and inexorable destiny.

1. Fortuna Impertrix Mundi: O Fortuna
2. Fortuna Impertrix Mundi: Fortune plango vulnera
3. Primo Vera: Veris leta facies
4. Primo Vera: Omnia Sol temperat
5. Primo Vera: Ecce gratum
6. Uf Dem Anger: Tanz
7. Uf Dem Anger: Floret silva
8. Uf Dem Anger: Chramer, gip die varwa mir
9. Uf Dem Anger: Reie
10. Uf Dem Anger: Were diu werlt alle min
11. In Taberna: Estuans interius
12. In Taberna: Olim lacus colueram
13. In Taberna: Ego sum abbas
14. In Taberna: In taberna quando sumus
15. Cour D'Amours: Amor volat undique
16. Cour D'Amours: Dies, nox et omnia
17. Cour D'Amours: Stetit puella
18. Cour D'Amours: Circa mea pectora
19. Cour D'Amours: Si puer cum puellula
20. Cour D'Amours: Veni, veni, venias
21. Cour D'Amours: In trutina
22. Cour D'Amours: Tempus est iocundum
23. Cour D'Amours: Dulcissime
24. Blazinfor Et Helena: Ave formoissima
25. Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna