Change Your Tune

O Fortuna (Carmina Burana) with Linton Stephens and Anne-Marie Minhall

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Episode notes

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is probably the most-performed choral work of the past one hundred years. O Fortuna – its opening and closing – is one of the most recognisable choral pieces ever, used everywhere from adverts to computer games to talent shows. Why is it so popular? What gives it its impact? And why do some people have very negative feelings towards it? We unravel the answers to those questions with the help of BBC Radio 3’s Linton Stephens and Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall in the latest episode of Change Your Tune.

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