Carl Orff

Following a weekend of Philadelphia Orchestra concerts at Verizon Hall under guest conductor Rafael Freuhbeck de Borgos, be sure to join us this Sunday afternoon at 1 pm to hear a rebroadcast of a concert from this past February that featured Maestro Freuhbeck conducting one of his signature works, Carmina Burana!  

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 1, and the ever-popular Jan Nepomuk Hummel Trumpet Concertoperformed by the Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet David Bilger.

"O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, performed by the ​Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Youth Chorus, and the Highcliffe Junior Choir, conducted by Marin Alsop, is featured on CD 2 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.

Carmina Burana begins with a blast in the opening section, "O Fortuna"—Luck, Empress of the World. Then a quiet, rhythmic repetition follows, with a smashing conclusion about the forces of life controlled by Fortune and Fate. The 25th and last section repeats the first. What's between the bookends?

Carmina Burana means "Songs of the Beurens," and are medieval poems, mostly in Latin, discovered in a monastery in 1803 in Bavaria. The musical collection includes the ephemeral pleasures of spring, health, drinking, gambling, and lust.

Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor, Philadelphia Orchestra

Mar 10, 2007

A conversation with Charles Dutoit, chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2008; Susan Lewis reports on Pennsylvania Ballet's brand new work based on Carl Orff's Carmina Burana; Jason Peifer takes a look at a theater company that recently relocated to Philadelphia after losing their New Orleans home to Hurricane Katrina.