MIKE WHEELER comes face to face
with Orff's Carmina Burana
It's head on the block time again, but there's no way round it: Orff's Carmina Burana is an absolutely dreadful piece — a turgid mixture of half-baked Stravinsky rip-offs and the kind of repetitive chugging that gets minimalism a bad name.
But Derby Choral Union and conductor Richard Dacey clearly enjoy the work more than I do. Performing it in the version with two pianos and percussion, they pitched into the opening chorus, and its reprise at the end, with full-throated vigour (Landau Forte College, Derby, UK, 12 April 2014)...
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