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Carl Orff

February 3, 2011

Carmina Burana from Montreal

"O Fortune, like the moon you are changeable. Life first oppresses and then soothes, as fancy takes it. Poverty and power, it melts them like ice." Those fatalistic words are the first and last ones we hear in Carl Orff's masterpiece, Carmina Burana. Along the way, the text makes a few interesting diversions, from drinking to debauchery to the pleasures of spring. We'll hear a performance from a concert in Montreal.

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hour 1

  • Gioachino Rossini
    Overture to Il Signor Bruschino
    The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, conductor
  • Alexander Goedicke
    Concert Etude in G Minor for Trumpet, Op. 49
    Alison Balsom, trumpet, Benjamin Hochman, piano, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello, Jesse Mills, violin
    Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Carl Orff
    Selections from Carmina Burana
    The Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, soloists, Jacques Lacombe, conductor
    Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, Quebec
  • Franz Schubert
    Litany for All Souls Day, D. 343
    Brigitte Engerer and Boris Berezovsky, pianos
    Grange de la Touviere, Meinier, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Paul Hindemith
    March from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
    The San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
  • Jacques Ibert
    Three Short Pieces for Wind Quintet
    Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Alexander Scriabin
    Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9
    Martina Filjak, piano
    Parish Church, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Spain
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Divertimento No. 11 in D, K. 251
    The San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
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