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The Boy from Oneglia

Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of Luciano Berio (1925-2003), in discussion with Gillian Moore. In today's episode, they look at Berio's early years.

Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003) in the company of Gillian Moore. In today's episode, Donald follows Berio's early life in the Ligurian port of Oneglia, the son and grandson of composers. After the War, Berio enrolled in the Milan Conservatoire, studying piano and composition, and it was during the 1950s that he would meet his first love, the singer Cathy Berberian, and would start to experiment with electronic music.

Prelude from Petite Suite
David Arden, pianist

Cinque variazioni per pianoforte (1952-3) 1
Vanessa Wagner, piano

Quartetto per archi
Arditti String Quartet

Thema - Omaggio a Joyce
Cathy Berberian, voice

Epifanie (1959-61/rev 65)
Cathy Berberian, Mezzo Soprano
ORF-Symphonienorchester
Leif Segerstam, conductor.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 2 Jul 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Luciano Berio

    Prelude (Petite Suite for piano)

    Performer: David Arden.
    • NA089CD.
    • New Albion Records.
    • 10.
  • Luciano Berio

    Five Piano Variations

    Performer: Vanessa Wagner.
    • AM134.
    • Ambroisie.
    • 3.
  • Luciano Berio

    Quartet for strings

    Ensemble: Arditti Quartet.
    • Montaigne MO782042.
    • Montaigne.
    • 2.
  • Luciano Berio

    Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)

    Singer: Cathy Berberian.
    • BVHAAST CD9109.
    • BVHAAST.
    • 1.
  • Luciano Berio

    Epifanie

    Performer: Orf-Symphonien Orchester. Singer: Cathy Berberian. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • Orfeo C626041B.
    • Orfeo.
    • 1.

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