Carl Orff (1895-1982)

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01Munich In The Weimar Republic *20090810This episode is available until midday on Friday, 21st August as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.|Donald Macleod is joined by Professor Michael Kater to explore the life and music of Carl Orff.|They focus on Orff's early years, as he struggled to establish himself as a composer in a reactionary Munich.|His tendencies seemed to be left-leaning, but he generally steered clear of controversy.|Opener: Uf dem anger (Carmina Burana) - arr for wind ensemble|Blaser Ensemble Mainz|Klaus Rainer Scholl (conductor)|Wergo WER 6174-2, Tr 6|Drei Lieder und Gesange nach Texten von Klabund
02A New Regime *20090811Donald Macleod and Michael Kater discuss the way Orff's life and work were shaped by the beginning of the Third Reich, and the Nazi reaction to his 1937 work Carmina Burana.|Catulli Carmina I and II (1930-1) - Aus Catulli Carmina|Carl Orff Choir|Arthur Gross (conductor)|WER 4006-50, Tr 18|Schulwerk (excerpts)
03Fairytales (second World War) *20090812This episode is available until midday on Friday, 21st August as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.|Donald Macleod and Michael Kater discuss how, though Carl Orff lived through one of the most horrific epochs in mankind's history, he tended to look the other way, seeking inspiration in fairy tales and Greek myths.|Opener: Der Mond I.|Tanz - arr for wind ensemble|Blaser Ensemble Mainz|Klaus Rainer Scholl (conductor)|Wergo WER 6174-2, Tr 11|Der Mond
04The White Rose *20090813This episode is available until midday on Friday, 21st August as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.|Donald Macleod and Michael Kater discuss Orff's behaviour during the Second World War and immediately afterwards, when he needed to prove to the American authorities that he hadn't collaborated with the Nazi government.|Rundadinella (Schulwerk)|Tolzer Boys Choir|Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden (conductor)|BMG Conifer 75605513572, Tr 16|Antigonae|Antigone....Inge Bork|Bavarian Radio Chorus|Bavarian Symphony Orchestra|Ferdinand Leitner (conductor)|DG 437 721-2, CD 3 Trs 1-2|Mir is so wundrig/So strange I feel (Die Bernauerin - 1944-6)|Horst Laubenthal (tenor solo)|Agnes....Christine Ostermayer|Albrecht....Gerhart Lippert|Munich Radio Orchestra|Kurt Eichhorn (conductor)|Orfeo C 255912 H, CD1 Tr 6|Oedipus der Tyrann (excerpt from Act 1)|Kreon....Kieth Engen|Oedipus....Gerhard Stolze|A Priest....Karl Christian Kohn|Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra|Rafael Kubelik (conductor)|DG 4370292, CD 1 Trs 3-8|Sunt lacrimae rerum|Carl Orff Choir|Arthur Gross (conductor)|WER 4006-50, Trs 19-21.|Donald Macleod on Orff's behaviour during the Second World War and immediately afterwards.
05 LASTFather, I Have Sinned *20090814This episode is available until midday on Friday, 21st August as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.|Michael Kater and Donald Macleod consider whether Orff was experiencing feelings of guilt in later life, looking at his final works and his personal correspondence.|Opener (Gunild Keetman): Gassenhauer - Street song (Schulwerk)|Instrumental Ensemble|BMG Conifer 75605513572, Tr 19|Nanie und Dithyrambe|Czech Philharmonic Chorus|Vaclav Smetacek (conductor)|Supraphon 1137 Side 2, Trs 1-2|Prometheus desmotes