Scenic cantata by Carl Orff
April 16, 2020 in the Estonia Concert Hall
Conductor: Arvo Volmer
Chorus Masters: Elmo Tiisvald, Heli Jürgenson
“Carmina Burana” is a grand and ardent scenic cantata praising life and sun. Created in 1936 for chorus, soloists and orchestra, it was based on 24 poems from the medieval collection “Carmina Burana” found in the Benediktbeuern Abbey in the Bavarian Alps. The poems are thought to be written by a group of clergy and their students retelling about love, nature and wine. Orff’s powerful music binds the medieval and contemporary, praising the vitality of human nature. The magnificent cantata is performed by Estonian National Opera Chorus and Orchestra and the Mixed Choir of the Estonia Society to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the composer.