Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A look back: Orff's Carmina Burana from Damascus

I came across this video by accident. Looking for an account on YouTube of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in the composer's version for choir, soloists, two pianos and percussion, I found this video which was recorded in Damascus in 2011. It isn't perfect, but it is a touching tribute to the vibrant musical life that was possible before the current conflict.

The pianists are Evgeniy Avramenko and Marat Gubaidullin, conducted by Nouri Al-Reihbany with the choir of the Higher Institute of Music, Damascus, recorded at Damascus Opera House in April 2011

I have no idea where these people are now.

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