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BERIO, L.: Sequenzas I-XIV (Shulman, Goodman, Arnold, B. Berman, Trudel, Dann, Sarc, Wood, Valdepenas, Few, Sainz Villegas, Munday, Petric, Adkins)

Composer(s):Berio, Luciano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.557661-63
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Christopher DeLaurenti,The Score,June 2006

"For you I have multiplied my voices, my vocabulary, my vowels..." Although Italian author Edoardo Sanguineti wrote that dedicatory line for Sequenza VIII, it aptly describes all of the Sequenzas, an astounding series of works for solo instruments written between 1958 and 2002 by Luciano Berio. The Sequenzas reveal unthinkably new timbres, codify new instrumental techniques, and push performers to terrifying heights (as well as speeds) of virtuosity. Monophonic (one-note-at-a-time) instruments like the flute and the bassoon become a miniaturized orchestra of quiet murmurs, clicks, wraithlike chords, and quasi-electronic tones.


Review By Thomas Abbott,Naxos,June 2006

Finally! An affordable recording of the complete Sequenzas of Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003). The only previous recording of this landmark set of contemporary works was released on Deustche Grammophone in their 20/21 Series. However, that series did not include Sequenza XIV (2002) for cello, which had not yet been written. This new set from Naxos, using primarily Canadian performers, is thus the first recording of the complete set � including the alternate transcriptions for saxophone. Performances are strong and have the virtuosity required for these significant and well-known works. Devotees of Berio will want both sets (since many of the performers in the DG set are those for whom the works were originally written or were Berio�s chosen interpreters), but for any



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