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Apocalyptic minimalism: Carl Orff's final opera, at Salzburg Festival, reviewed

3 September 2022

9:00 AM

3 September 2022

9:00 AM

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Felsenreitschule, Salzburg

Resurrection – Gustav Mahler

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‘Germany’s greatest artistic asset, its music, is in danger,’ warned The Spectator in June 1937. Reporting from the leading new-music festival in Darmstadt, the correspondent mentioned only one première of the two dozen on offer: ‘The most important achievement was the scenic cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, a piece that would have been impossible without the influence of the “cultural Bolshevik” Stravinsky.

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