The Great Works for Voice
NEWLY MASTERED WITH AN ADDITIONAL WORLD PREMIER RECORDING
Christine Schadeberg, soprano, with Musicians Accord
Folk Songs (1964)
for flute, clarinet, harp, viola, cello & 2 percussionists
Black is the color (3:00)
I wonder as I wander (1:59)
Loosin yelav (2:56)
Rossignolet du bois (1:32)
A la femminisca (1:33)
La donna ideale (1:18)
Motettu du tristura (2:17)
Malurous qu.o uno fenno (0:58)
Lo fiolairé (2:33)
Azerbaijan love song (2:31)
Sequenza III (1966) (9:32)
for female voice
Text by Markus Kutter
Quattro Canzoni Popolari (1946-47)
for voice and piano
Dolce cominciamento (1946, rev. 1973) (a Elena Hift) (2:27)
La donna ideale (a Lele d.Amico) (1:14)
Avendo gran disio (a Cathy) (5:30)
Ballo (a Andrew Rosner) (1:33)
Chamber Music (1953)
for clarinet, cello & harp
Texts by James Joyce
Strings in the Earth and Air (3:53)
Winds of May (1:35)
O King (1968) (4:38)
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
for voice, harp & 2 percussionists
Text by e.e. cummings
I. stinging (3:37)
II. riverly is a flower (4:18)
III. n(o)w (8:33)
IV. riverly is a flower (3:11)
V. stinging (2:16)
Luciano Berio was one of the greatest and most innovative composers for
the voice of the post-war generation - moving it into previously unknown
territories, yet with an innately literate sense of song.
- First released to honor Berio's 70th birthday in 1995, this CD met
great critical acclaim and was among Mode's top selling releases.
- His association with the legendary mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian led
to the creation of all but one of the works recorded on this CD - a
selection of his greatest vocal compositions collected on one disc for
the first time.
- Added to this reissue is the first recording of Quattro Canzoni
Popolari, four arrangements of Italian folk songs which hark back to
late medieval Sicilian and Genovese texts and tunes. Three of the songs
date from his early twenties as a student. Two songs were later
rearranged for his Folk Songs. And in 1973, another song, Avendo gran
disìo, was added to this set.
- The recital begins with Berio's magical, wry Folk Songs. One of his
most popular works based on tunes from America, France, Italy, Sicily
and Azerbaijan, their folk veneer covers many musical surprises,
including hints of minimalism.
- Sequenza III for solo voice is a tour-de-force for a singing actress,
covering all ranges of human emotion in a virtuoso vocal display.
- James Joyce wrote his Chamber Music poems with the intention that they
be sung. Set by Berio in his early 20s, their sophistication belie the
- O King was written in memoriam to Dr. Martin Luther King - an
extremely moving work based on the syllables of Dr. King's name. Berio
later reorchestrated this into a movement fot his Sinfonia.
- Circles was one of the landmark works of the 1960s. Ingeniously scored
for singer with harp and two percussionists (playing an enormous battery
of over 80 instruments). Circles' unique sound is unlike anything heard
before or since - providing the perfect foil to the text by e.e. cummings.
- Expanded liner notes by Mark Swed and Sabine Feisst.
- 24-bit remastered sound.
Luciano Berio: The Complete Sequenzas and Works for Solo Instruments
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