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Fortune Favours the Bold – Carmina Burana | London Symphony Orchestra

Sunday June 23, 2024 at 19:00
Barbican Hall, London
£70 £55 £39 £25 £18, £12/£16 Wildcard tickets, £6 for under 18s
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  1. Symphony No 3 in E flat, 'The First of May' Op 20 - Dmitry Shostakovich
  2. Carmina Burana - Carl Orff

You may recognise Carl Orff’s endlessly hummable cantata, but you’ve never heard it quite like this.

In Medieval Bavaria, monks copied down a collection of mischievous songs by vagabond poets. In 1935, a German composer came across a second-hand book containing the songs and used it to create a blazingly exciting choral extravaganza.

Pounding rhythms, catchy tunes, sonorous Latin verses about wine, women and song – Orff’s Carmina Burana might have been an idiosyncratic hit, but it remains absolutely irresistible.

It’s paired with Shostakovich’s Third Symphony, which appears on the surface as an energetic paean to Soviet ideals – until you catch a glimpse of the underlying irony.

Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda steers the powerful forces of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a rousing climax to the season. They’re joined by crystal voiced soprano Christina Poulitsi, enthralling baritone Elliott Madore, Tiffin Boys’ Choir and tenor Sunnyboy Dladla as the roasted swan.

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