As someone who is becoming more familiar with Berio's Sequenze, I'd be very appreciative if you could please tell me your favorite(s) as well as any other interesting information regarding history, techniques, recordings, or other comments.
The Sequenze are 14 pieces for a different solo instrument (with Sequenza X having the trumpet playing into piano so the strings resonate) that Berio wrote throughout his career, from 1958 to 2002. From what I know, they're considered some of the most significant works of the last century as they pushed the boundaries of solo instrument writing. Most, if not all, of them have been added to the instrumental repertoire, much to the chagrin of many a musician because of their extreme technical difficulty! But they, by no means, come across as vapid, virtuosic showpieces. I personally find them on the whole to be wonderfully engaging with plenty of musical substance.
I don't think I've heard them enough to give an informed opinion, but I'd really like to know yours!
Here's a Youtube playlist of the Naxos performances: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...yuE0idskNu2MJv.