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    Berio Mahler transcriptions.

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    Here is a playlist for Berio's Sequenzas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QX75...e=results_main

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoshredder View Post
    Here is a playlist for Berio's Sequenzas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QX75...e=results_main
    I don't know Berio -- tried some of Sequenzas a while ago and it didn't click. Glad this thread was resurrected, time to try some more! Thanks to all.


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    The "Sequenzas" are among his most thorny works; for a softer introduction, a path could be

    "Folk Songs", already mentioned http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_DpEaKsFm4 ->

    "Voci", Viola Concerto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVWnd3pdWiQ ->

    Piano Concerto "Echoing Curves" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSwO_ilTrwY ->

    "Rendering", Schubert Fantasy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQB5bFTwHfI ->

    "Sinfonia", already mentioned, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJXHDct6FWI ;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YU-V...eature=related (apparently a 1980 discoteque performance ... )
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    This is a very good disc of his chamber works. "Differences" is especially good, a mixture of real instruments and taped transformations of those same instruments.

    img.Berio Diff-Philips170.jpg

    Some of Berio's most interesting tape pieces are on this disc. The cover is obviously a reference to his great love of Cathy Berberian. She died before her time; she was an important singer and proponent of modern music. I always think of this great love, every time I see a picture of Luciano Berio.

    There is a tribute CD, "Songs Cathy Sang." I also have a disc of her singing Monteverdi.

    img.BerioManyMoreVoices437.jpg

    What an interesting figure! His piano music is great listening as well.

    I like his "folk songs" and the Sequenzas on the MODE label.
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    For a good overview of Luciano Berio's piano music, these are essential:

    img.BerioPianoMusic453.jpg img.BerioLucchesiniPnoMu142.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    The "Sequenzas" are among his most thorny works; for a softer introduction, a path could be

    "Folk Songs", already mentioned http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_DpEaKsFm4 ->

    "Voci", Viola Concerto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVWnd3pdWiQ ->

    Piano Concerto "Echoing Curves" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSwO_ilTrwY ->

    "Rendering", Schubert Fantasy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQB5bFTwHfI ->

    "Sinfonia", already mentioned, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJXHDct6FWI ;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YU-V...eature=related (apparently a 1980 discoteque performance ... )
    I like 'em all.

    However, I have two professional musician friends who detest them. Their blockage is two-fold. A dislike for all things atonal, and having to study them at Indiana U. Prior to displaying their strong anti-Berio feelings (after I offered post-dinner to CD play Sequenzas one evening), I did not know pros harbored such biases. But that shall not restrain me from such reofferings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    I like 'em all.

    However, I have two professional musician friends who detest them. Their blockage is two-fold. A dislike for all things atonal, and having to study them at Indiana U. Prior to displaying their strong anti-Berio feelings (after I offered post-dinner to CD play Sequenzas one evening), I did not know pros harbored such biases. But that shall not restrain me from such reofferings.
    They sound like symphony orchestra drones; I would be very surprised if they are composers.
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    A guide to Luciano Berio's music (The Guardian, 12/10/12)...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/toms...-luciano-berio

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    I can't berio Berio's music.

    (actually I really like his solo instrument Sequenzas, I'm mainly here for the pun.)

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    I enjoy what I've heard of Berio's music, but I'd like to explore further. I've heard many of the Sequenzas, Sinfonia, Coro, and the disc Boulez did for Sony with the BBC Philharmonic. Any more recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    I enjoy what I've heard of Berio's music, but I'd like to explore further. I've heard many of the Sequenzas, Sinfonia, Coro, and the disc Boulez did for Sony with the BBC Philharmonic. Any more recommendations?
    Continuo w. CSO/Barenboim (Teldec), a compilation disc Berio/Takemitsu/Carter.

    Mahler lieder transcriptions w. Hampson/Philharmonia O./Berio (Teldec)

    String Quartets w. Arditti Qt. (naive)

    Piano Works w. Schlime (Sisyphe, or Piano Classics)
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    I've heard his transcriptions of the early Mahler lieder. It's an excellent disc. I'll be looking into your other recommendations. Unfortunately it looks like the String Quartets disc isn't available, except at absurd prices on the used market.

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    Studying the score for Sequenza VII and I haven't been more astounded in a while (and i'd be lying if i didn't say confused as well)
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