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What my spirit tells me

Even in his 70s, Berio still felt compelled to compose. Donald Macleod and Gillian Moore look at some of the key works from his final years.

Luciano Berio (1925-2003) felt compelled to compose right until the very end of his life, declaring to one of his grandchildren that he simply had to, because it was 'what my spirit tells me'. He completed his very last commission only shortly before he died. Donald Macleod and Gillian Moore look at Berio's life and music at this period (a time when Gillian came to know the composer personally), and among other things consider the extraordinary paradox of an avowed communist or partito communista supporter who owned a private estate complete with vineyard! As well as writing extraordinary works for the theatre, Berio maintained a lifelong interest in folksong, and added to his series of Sequenzas for virtuoso instrumentalists.

Un re in ascolto (excerpt)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Lorin Maazel, conductor

Naturale
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion

Sequenza XIII
Teodoro Anzellotti, Accordion

Stanze
Tenebrae (Paul Celan)
Die Schlacht (Dan Pagis)
Dietrich Henschel, Baritone
Orchestre de Paris
Christoph Escenbach, Conductor.

1 hour

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Fri 6 Jul 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Luciano Berio

    Un Re in Ascolto (end of Part I)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • COL LEGNO : WWE 2CD-20005.
    • Col Legno.
    • 8.
  • Luciano Berio

    Naturale

    Performer: Kim Kashkashian. Performer: Robyn Schulkowsky.
    • Berio: Voci.
    • ECM.
    • 7.
  • Luciano Berio

    Sequenza XIII

    Performer: Teodoro Anzellotti.
    • Berio: Sequenzas.
    • DG.
    • 13.
  • Luciano Berio

    Tenebrae; Die Schlacht (Stanze)

    Singer: Dietrich Henschel. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach.
    • ONDINE: ODE 1059-2.
    • ONDINE.
    • 4.

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