Carl Orff’s often-quoted masterpiece burns with all the drama of the human condition, buffeted by cruel fate and reborn with love, Haunting melodies and insistent rhythms awaken the primal spirit as the chorus celebrates “Spring, Love and the Tavern,” with passion and despair. Featuring Orff’s arrangement for two pianos and percussion.
Dominick Argento won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975. His 1981 song cycle, I hate and I Love, is based on the poetry by Catullus.
Boston Musical Intelligencer: “The chorus, as one would expect, was thoroughly drilled and all aboard to realize the interpretation of their new leader [Betsy Burleigh] in the last concert of her inaugural year. The clarity of their enunciation was extraordinary for an ensemble of 41 women and 34 men. All of the sibilants and hard consonant lined up perfectly, however the tempi were stretched — and this crowd could really swing when Orff demanded . . . The ovation at the end featured the loudest and most sustained cheering that this reviewer has ever heard in staid classical environs.”