Orff's classic with a sprinkle of magic dust
Perhaps one of the most famous pieces of classical music comes to Palma this month at what for many will be a completely new venue. The newly opened – though years in the making – Congress Palace of Palma hosts a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
The stirring strains of O Fortuna will be familiar to millions from the Old Spice aftershave advertisement through to viewers of the least classical of programmes, the X Factor UK and just in case you don't know it, here's Euroclassics' video version.
Orff wrote the work in 1936, based on tales of the Goliards, young dissolute clergymen in the 12th ish century whose stories encompassed themes of fortune, wealth, gluttony, drinking and lust. It's full grand title is Carmina Burana, secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magical images and we'll see some magic in this production.
Brought to us by Euroclassics, this version features not a full orchestra, but with just two pianists (a pared down version Orff wrote for 'smaller' productions) but still with around 100 people on stage – three soloists and choirs from different parts of Mallorca. The magic comes courtesy of some clever video projections and dance from the Pasodos dance company.
You can see Carmina Burana Magica at the Congress Palace on Friday 23rd February at 20:30 and tickets, which can be bought online or at the post office, cost from only €4.50 up to €25.50 depending on the seat. Just click the link and have your credit card to hand.