The Suffolk Coast

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana and The Rio Grande

Accompanied by two pianos and five percussionists, Aldeburgh Music Club Choir with Jubilee Opera Chorus perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Constant Lambert’s The Rio Grande at Snape Maltings.

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with Carl Orff’s profane cantata Carmina Burana in the version for two pianos and five percussion players.

First performed in 1937 and popular ever since, Carmina Burana is based on medieval poems that tell of the power of nature; the twists of fortune; the regenerative nature of Spring; drinking and womanising in the tavern and the sexual lustings and beauty of men and women.

The music ranges from vigorous choruses to beautiful and unusual solos, which stretch the singers to the limits of their range. For further contrast there is the reedier sound of the children’s choir, provided here by Jubilee Opera Chorus.

The pianists and percussion add a huge amount of colour and atmosphere. Less often-performed, Constant Lambert’s The Rio Grande conjures up the privileged world of 1930’s England, using jazz rhythms to great effect in his settings of Sacheverell Sitwell’s surreal libretto.

As there is only one solo for the tenor, Daniel Auchincloss has kindly agreed to sing Six Purcell Songs from Orpheus Britannicus, realised for tenor and piano by Benjamin Britten.

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Event name:
Carmina Burana
Multiple prices - see website for further details.
phone: 01728 687110
Opening Hours:
One off