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Only 2 performances: 19 & 21 October 2018

The Bells & Carmina Burana

Powerful choral pieces by Rachmaninov and Orff.

The Bells

Choral symphony by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943). Based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe and translated into Russian by Konstantin Balmont. Sung in Russian with Swedish surtitles.

Carmina Burana

Cantata by Carl Orff (1895–1982) based on 24 profane medieval poems.
Sung in Latin, German and French with Swedish surtitles.

The Göteborg Opera’s Chorus will take centre stage for this concert of two imposing choral works, accompanied by a large orchestra and soloists. Carl Orff’s ever popular, rhythmically urgent and life-affirming Carmina Burana from 1937 is partnered with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Bells from 1913.

Based on a symbolist translation of text by Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells describes everything from wedding bells to bells sounding the alarm in war. To this text Rachmaninoff composed a fascinating, harsh piece of late Romantic music with medieval Gregorian chant as its overriding theme. Brilliant, enigmatic and bitter-sweet.

Carmina Burana is a cornucopia filled to the brim with life’s suffering, humor, drunkenness, love and spirituality — all overseen by the merciless judgment of Fortune. The tone ranges from gossamer light to rampantly raucous, and its most famous section is the colossal O Fortuna.

These impressive works will be conducted by Karen Kamensek, who was here last for Carmen during season 2016/2017.

Two performances only, 19 & 21 October 2018


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