celestial harmonies

 

Orff-Schulwerk

 

Volume One     MUSICA POETICA     13104-2

Volume Two     MUSIK FÜR KINDER  13105-2

Volume Three  PIANO MUSIC             13106-2

Volume One MUSICA POETICA 13104-2

includes the famous GASSENHAUER (Street Song) which was used from Audi TV commercials to Terrence Malick's movie BADLANDS. The piece is based on a 16th century composition for lute by German composer Hans Neusi(e)dler.

the music

 

Pieces included in Orff-Schulwerk Volume 2: Musik für Kinder are taken from the entire range of Schulwerk publications. This recording presents a lifetime project of unending diversity, summarized in hymn–like choral pieces, masterly magical spoken works, and instrumental pieces both playful and melancholy.

 

Musik für Kinder was released as people around the world celebrated the centenary of Carl Orff's birth, observed July 10, 1995. What is it that makes this composer's music so enduring? More remarkably, what is it that fills the Schulwerk with freshness and vitality more than fifty years after its first publication?

 

Carl Orff believed in the great power that lies in reduction to the fundamental. His effort was to provide music which works together with, rather than in opposition to, the human spirit. In this way inherent musical ability can be drawn out of each and every individual.

 

Orff himself said, "It was only given to me to present these old, imperishable ideas in today's terms, to make them come alive for us. I do not feel like the creator of something new, but more...like a relay runner who lights his torch at the fires of the past and brings it into the present." These Schulwerk recordings,  produced one hundred years after the composer's birth,  may well be considered the torch which brings Carl Orff's music into our present.

 

the artists

 

Artistic director and co-producer of the

recording, Wilfried Hiller worked with Carl Orff during his lifetime, and is the named artistic executor of Orff's estate. In Volume 2 of the Orff-Schulwerk series, Hiller continues to produce the Schulwerk in a manner faithful to Orff's intentions. The CD is co–produced by Ulrich Kraus.

 

Godela Orff, the only child of Carl Orff, interprets three of the spoken pieces on this recording. Better aquainted with her father's diction than anyone, Godela Orff performed the spoken roles in the television series Musik für Kinder. The Madrigalchor der Hochschule für Musik in München, conducted by Max Frey, performs choral parts. Other performers on this recording include violinists Carolin Widmann and Sonja Korkeala. Markus Zahnhausen plays recorder; Karl Peinkofer, Wilfried Hiller, Andreas Schumacher and Martin Ruhland perform parts written for percussion.

 

 

The works on Volume Three, Piano Music, are performed by Nikolaus Lahusen and Wilfried Hiller.

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