Orff Carmina Burana

Orff Carmina Burana

Grainger Three folk-song arrangements
Britten The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Rachmaninov Suite for two pianos

Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm

Canterbury Choral Society
Richard Cooke conductor
Rhiannon Llewellyn Soprano
William Morgan Tenor
Edward Grint Bass
Richard Pearce & Jonny Beatty Pianists

VENUE: Colyer-Fergusson Hall


An original and unique work, Carmina Burana follows the Wheel of Fortune and fate through life, bringing in highly-charged episodes of young love, bawdy life in the tavern, the joys and expectations of spring, submission to love, and the final turn of the Wheel at the end. We will perform the work in Carl Orff’s version for two pianos and percussion. The concert will also feature some wacky arrangements of folk tunes by Percy Grainger, and Benjamin Britten’s hauntingly sad Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard, written for friends of his in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. Movements of Rachmaninov’s Suite for two pianos will provide a moving and lush addition to round off the evening.

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