“Astutuli” are the cheeky super-bright people who get taken all too easily by a clever con-man. Nobody wants to be the dumb one; thus, the audience first lose a healthy sense of truth, then they lose their clothes and their purses and eventually all their dignity. “Everything is make-believe!” shouts the entertainer before disappearing with his accomplice and the loot. It’s a rascal’s tale, a story of deception, which is both fascinating and amusing. But behind all that – and unnoticeable until the very end – we find deceit, spoon-feeding and theft. All this is presented in Carl Orff’s “rootsy” and powerful Bavarian style – both linguistically and musically. – This recent DVD edition “Carl Orff” presents a new view of the significant 20th-century composer Carl Orff (1895–1982).
Conductor: Mark Mast
Stage Director: Hellmuth Matiasek
Assistant director: Theo G. Kobler
Stage and costumes: Thomas Pekny
Lights: Georg Boeshenz
Assistant choreographers: Günter Pick, Carlos Carasquilla
Choir production: Gernot Schwickert, Mark Mast
Michael Schanze (as The Entertainer), Winfried Hübner, Christoph Gehr, Michael Schlenger ...
Ensemble of the World Theatre Choirs Andechs
Young Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Performance: Florian-Stadl (Florian Barn), Kloster Andechs (Andechs Monastery), Orff in Andechs Festival