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Sunday Matinees: Santtu conducts Carmina Burana

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, Londres, Greater London, SE1 8XX, Royaume-uni
Dates/horaires selon le fuseau horaire de London
dimanche 21 mars 202115:00

With their focus on uninhibited enjoyment of life’s pleasures, it’s hard to believe that the works in tonight’s programme were composed under two of the twentieth 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 tell 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.


Insights Talk: Santtu introduces this afternoon’s programme

1.30pm, The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall

Free, no ticket required

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