classical music

Santtu Conducts Carmina Burana

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

The Philharmonia Orchestra presents works focused on uninhibited enjoyment of life's pleasures.

It's hard to believe they were composed under two of the 20th century's most oppressive regimes.

In mid-1930s Germany, Carl Orff took a collection of 13th-century poems and created a sonic spectacle of a cantata.

Choir, soloists and a huge orchestra sing of the joys and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust, and, in the roof-raising 'O Fortuna', the fickleness of fortune.

In late-1950s Russia, Shostakovich assembled music from several of his scores for the stage and screen into the Suite for Variety Orchestra, better known in the West as Jazz Suite No.2.

Saxophones, guitar and accordion, and a delightful succession of hummable tunes, give the orchestra a distinctive dance-hall flavour.

The suite's exuberant march, cheerful polkas, and sentimental waltzes have become some of Shostakovich's most popular music.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Mari Eriksmoen soprano
Brett Sprague tenor
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
Philharmonia Chorus

Repertoire

Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra
Orff: Carmina Burana

Dates & times

21 Mar 2021
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount

Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s London Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

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Event information
Please note that there is no interval in this performance

Related events
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 1.30pm: Insights Talk. Santtu-Matias Rouvali introduces the afternoon's programme. Admission free