Hear Carl Orff’s ever-popular cantana Carmina Burana, and Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Les Noces (The Wedding), sung here in English, by Crouch End Festival Chorus in a matinee concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall

 

Orff’s playfully suggestive Carmina Burana borrows shamelessly from Les Noces, and yet the two could hardly be further apart. The startlingly original Les Noces was first conceived as a dance cantata about a 19th-century Russian peasant wedding and is scored for soloists, chorus, four pianos and percussion. The rumbustious and dramatic Carmina Burana, with its instantly recognisable choruses including the monumental ‘O Fortuna’, evokes the lusty medieval world of dancing, feasting and drinking.

In this choral voyage of discovery, Crouch End Festival Chorus embraces the qualities and delights of both works with precision and energy. Les Noces is sung in English (Stravinsky himself made a recording of the work in English) by CEFC and four outstanding soloists: Grace Davidson, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Robert Murray, and Grant Doyle.

In Carmina Burana, the chorus and soloists are joined by Rhodes Avenue Primary School Choir, Coldfall Primary School Choir, four eminent pianists including CEFC’s own accompanist Peter Jaekel, and the London Orchestra da Camera Percussion Ensemble, all under the direction of David Temple.

 

Performers

 

David Temple conductor

Grace Davidson soprano

Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano

Robert Murray tenor

Grant Doyle baritone

Peter Jaekel piano

Paul Ayres piano

Ben Frost piano

William Vann piano

Crouch End Festival Chorus 

Rhodes Avenue Primary School Choir

Coldfall Primary School Choir 

London Orchestra da Camera Percussion Ensemble 

 

Repertoire

Stravinsky: Les Noces for soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion (performed in English)

Interval

Orff: Carmina Burana