Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic
ГБУК г. Москвы «Симфонический оркестр Москвы «Русская филармония»

C. Orff. Carmina Burana

Date and time: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 19:00
Moscow International House of Music. Svetlanov Hall
Stage design with large-scale dynamic slide and video projections
Benjamin Ellin (Great Britain)
Honoured Artist of Russia Elvira Hokhlova, soprano
Alexander Bogdanov, tenor
Honoured Artist of Russia Andrey Baturkin, baritone
Yurlov State Academic Choir Chapel of Russia
Children’s Choir of the State Academic Bolshoy Theatre

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.

Honoured Artist of Russia Elvira Hokhlova (soprano) – soloist of “Novaya Opera” Moscow Theatre. The singer’s repertoire includes parts of Violetta (Traviata by Verdi), Gilda (Rigoletto, by Verdi), Jeanne (Jeanne D’Arc by Verdi), Louise (Louise Miller by Verdi), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti), Donna Anna (Don Juan by Mozart), Olga (Rusalka, by Dargomyzhsky), etc. Cantata-oratorial compositions are a big part of the singer’s creative work. The singer took part in foreign performances: Iolanta (Monte-Carlo Theatre, 2001), Norma, Players, Lucia di Lammermoor (Germany, Ulm and Dusseldorf, 2003 – 2006), Rigoletto (II Opera Festival La Palma, Spain, 2005), etc.

Alexander Bogdanov (tenor) – soloist of “Novaya Opera” Moscow Theatre. The singer’s repertoire includes parts of Lensky (Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky), Prince (Rusalka, by Dargomyzhsky), Yurodiviy (Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky), Arlecchino (Players by Leoncavallo), Nadir (The Pearl Fishers by Bizet), Alfred (Traviata by Verdi), Duke (Rigoletto by Verdi), Nemorino (The Elexir of Love by Donizetti). The singer toured at the European countries and in Japan as well. He participated in many music festivals, including Sobinov Festival, “Irina Arkhipova presents”, etc.

Honoured Artist of Russia Andrey Baturkin (baritone) – soloist of K. Stanislavsky and V. Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre. Since 1994 he performs at the stage of the “Helikon-Opera” Moscow Theatre. He participated in performances of the Bolshoy Theatre, Paris National Opera, Landes Theatre (Linze, Austria), Stadttheater (Klagenfurt, Austria), Monte-Carlo Opera. He toured at South Korea, Latvia, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Austria, Italy, USA, Japan. The leading parts: Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Eletsky (The Queen of Spades), Valentine (Faust). He participated in the records of Stabat Mater by Karol Szymanowsky, opera Feast in Time of Plague by Cui, compositions by Taneev, Prokofiev, Shostakovich as well. Since 2007 he collaborates with “Moscow City Opera”.

Benjamin Ellin – well-known British conductor and composer. Was awarded 1st Prize and the Public Prize from the inaugural Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in 2007. Benjamin Ellin is currently Music Director of Thursford Productions, Principal Conductor of the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, President of Pembroke Academy of Music, London. Ellin performs with Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Chambre de Catalogne and the Luxembourg Philharmonic amongst others. Benjamin became one of the first classical composers to sign a deal with the Prince’s Trust Music Publishing, and also featured in BBC Music Magazine in their Rising Stars feature.

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