BURANA by Carl Orff at the Salamis Amphitheatre as part of the 22nd
International Famagusta Art, Culture and Tourism Festival 2018 on September 04,
bus organized by Kaleidoskop Tourizm took us to the Ruins of Salamis where we
arrived early enough to find good seats on the stone steps of the Amphitheatre
directly opposite the enormously wide stage erected for 69 musicians of the
TRNC Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Bursa State Symphony Orchestra and 63
choir members of the State Choir Turkey. For one hour we enjoyed the flow of
music lovers, the crisscross and helloes, until finally the members of the
orchestra mounted the stage being reminded by an impatient audience, people who
sat sweating in this unbelievable September heat wave and the great humidity.
Ali Hoca, the conductor of the orchestra and Burak Onur Erdem, the Choirmaster
were warmly greeted, also the solo singers Nurdan Kücükekmekci (soprano), Caner
Akin (tenor) and Arda Aktar (baritone).
is for the second time that we had Carl Orff with his Carmina Burana in North
Cyprus, it was in 2009 at the Girne Amphitheatre. You may read about my
experience then in my announcement and review.
Fortuna, Imperatrix mundi – Empress of the
world….thundering and shaking us awake and you could literally see and feel the
shivers running over everybody’s body. Carl Orff’s Cantata, composed by Carl
Orff in 1935 and 1936 based on old medieval poems from the 11th and
12th century in Latin mostly, in Old French and Old German.
A cantata not really pleasing to the ears, it
is life itself, happy and unhappy, and it is very demanding for the solo
singers to sing these parts, often going to the extreme. Wonderful.
selection covers a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th century as
they are in the 21st century: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the
ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures
and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust.
structured into five major sections, containing 25 movements total. Within
each scene, and sometimes within a single movement, the wheel of fortune turns,
joy turning to bitterness, and hope turning to grief. "O Fortuna", completes
this circle, forming a compositional frame for the work through being both the
opening and closing movements.
of us remained sitting after another Encore of FORTUNA…., as if afterthoughts were
holding us back before going home…..and we took the tune with us on the bus
going back to Girne. Thank you, Famagusta, for this event.