Carl Orff (1895-1982)

Episodes

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01Munich In The Weimar Republic *20090810

This 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 *20090811

Donald 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) *20090812

This 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 *20090813

This 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 *20090814

This 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