Carmina Burana, Carl Orff - Symphony No. 5, Beethoven

Carmina Burana, Carl Orff's most famous work, celebrates life, love, dancing, drinking and hedonism - but always with an eye on the designs of fate. Based on 24 mediaeval Latin poems whose carefree spirit contrasts vividly with the traditional concepts of life and death in the Middle Ages, this sweeping and powerful cantata for large-scale chorus, orchestra and soloists was a huge success at its premiere in 1937. Its worldwide popularity since then has made it a firm favourite with among singers and audiences alike.

The program of the concert is completed with Beethoven's Symphony No.5, a composition that is perfectly associated with the image we usually have of the musician, agitated, intense and dishevelled, and which best represents the greatness of music. The distinctive four notes that open the symphony and that are repeated throughout the work are surely the most popular notes of all music as they represent the fate knocking at the door.

The Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra and Choir, consecrated as one of the most outstanding institutions of his country, has developed over the years an intense local and international activity, performing in the main venues in Spain and Europe, with a vast and diverse repertoire.