This is a splendid recording of the enormously popular Carmina Burana
with its electrifying opening chorus, 'O Fortuna', made famous by the 'Old
Spice' TV advertisement. The work celebrates the worldy pleasures of life
in a forthright, often bawdy style. There are 15 numbers on this disc including
the lovely soprano solo 'In Trutina' beguilingly sung by Popp, the lusty
'Estuans interius', and the exhilarating children's chorus, 'Tempus est
iocundum'. Carl Orff greatly influenced the teaching of elementary music
to children throughout the world and energetically promoted his ideas for
the combined teaching of music and movement (dance and gymnastics).
Schulwerk was conceived for performance by children of varying ability,
both vocal and instrumental. Like Carmina Burana, the numbers are
strongly rhythmical and melodic and employ a wide range of percussive
instruments. The opening 'Rundadinella' is well known from the BBC Amazing
what you can learn trail, 'Gassenhauer' (Street Song) is a 'Volkswagen
Golf' TV ad. theme, and 'Guten Morgen, Spielmann' (Good Morning, Minstrel)
was made famous in the film Badlands. The concert is rounded-off with
brief but delightful excerpts from Die Kluge and Der Mond.
All these performances were under the overall direction of Orff himself.
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