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Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Sinfonia; Calmo; Ritirata Notturna di Madrid / Virpi Raisanen, mz; Hannu Lintu

Album Summary

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Quattro versioni originali della "Ritirata notturna di madrid," superimposed & transcribed for orche
>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Calmo, for soprano & chamber ensemble
>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Sinfonia, for 8 amplified voices & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ondine continues its exciting releases focusing on 20th c. masterpieces together with conductor Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. After the successful of Ligeti (ODE 1213-2; Gramophone Editor's Choice) and Messiaen (ODE 1251-5) recordings, the latest album is dedicated to orchestral works by the pioneer of Italian modernism, Luciano Berio (1925 - 2003). A highlight of this disc is Berio's iconic 5-movement Sinfonia, undoubtedly his most well known work, written for the New York Philharmonic and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. It has become one of the key works and principal musical manifestations of the 1960s, bringing together collage technique and modernism. The recording begins with Berio's orchestral adaptation of Luigi Boccherini's popular Ritirata Notturna di Madrid. This disc also includes Calmo for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments written by Berio after the death of fellow composer and friend Bruno Maderna. The work is sung here by mezzo- soprano Virpi Ra¨isa¨nen, a singer acclaimed for his performances of 20th c. music and whose solo debut recording can be found on Ondine (ODE 1208-2).

MusicWeb International, 4th December 2014
The Ondine recording is also something of an exercise in hyper-reality, but the 5.0 surround experience is truly remarkable, and at times genuinely overwhelming. The performance is tremendously idiomatic and convincing. This production is an all-round winner from beginning to end.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
Any singer must exorcise the ghost of Cathy Berberian in this and other vocal works of Berio and...Virpi RSisSnen has the measure of it...In Hannu Lintu's marvellous new recording I hear and admire a rediscovery of the impatience and invention that drove Berio to write it, in the forward, piano-led instrumental balance and the unapologetic grandeur of the finale's climax.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre (01/2014).



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Works Details

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Quattro versioni originali della "Ritirata notturna di madrid," superimposed & transcribed for orche
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Calmo, for soprano & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: Virpi Raisanen
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Sinfonia, for 8 amplified voices & orchestra
  • Performers: Annika Fuhrmann; Sampo Haapaniemi; Paavo Hyokki; Simo Makinen; Taavi Oramo; Mirjam Solomon
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Running Time: 32 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1968-1969