C. Orff. Carmina Burana
Combination of music with vivid visual images – large-scale video projections displaying magic pictures which fill all space of the hall is peculiarity of performing this legendary cantata. Following original conception of the author Moscow City Symphony - Russian Philharmonic and “360 PROJECT” tried to reunite musical canvas of cantata with visual images of the epoch using paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Lucas Cranach.
Carmina Burana is musical masterpiece of the XX century and the most famous composition by Carl Orff. It is really magic music which captivates by its vivid imagery, amazing rhythm element, mix of slight irony and tender lyricism, epic magnitude, munificence of colours. Orff’s music is the main character of the performance. Both musicians and listeners fall beneath its hypnotic influence since first measures.
Songs of Beuern (it’s the translation of Carmina Burana) are the monument to secular art of the Renaissance. Cantata plotline is vague and associative. Song and orchestra parts represent contrast scenes from diverse and miscellaneous life. One sings of the sweets of life, happiness, unrestrained fun, beauty of nature in spring, passionate love; another one – hard life of monks and vagrant students. But the basic philosophical core is contemplation about changeful and puissant human destiny – Fortune.