The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir vividly reminded its Koerner Hall audience on Tuesday night why Carmina Burana is one of the hits of 20th century music.

John Terauds – Toronto Star

It has been 75 years since the three-act “scenic cantata,” made up of medieval poems and songs found in a German Benedictine monastery, had its premiere in Frankfurt. Although composer Carl Orff made a huge contribution to the art of music education, it is this single work that assured him a spot among Western music’s immortals.

Toronto’s nearly 118-year-old choral society delivered a solid reading that made for a powerful evening of singing.
Artistic director and conductor Noel Edison led a performance of Orff’s arrangement for two pianos and percussion, providing all the rhythmic force this composition needs, while softening the sound a bit at times with the rich harmonies of two concert grand pianos in their full glory.

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