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Berio: Recital I For Cathy, Etc; Weill / Berberian, Berio


Release Date: 02/14/1995 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 662540   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luciano BerioKurt Weill
Performer:  Cathy Berberian
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London SinfoniettaJuilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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The American avant-garde vocalist Cathy Berberian had a mostly Eurocentric career and didn't do many studio recordings. Happily, through her partnership with her husband--the Italian modernist Luciano Berio--she did occasionally record for a major label. "Recital I For Cathy" is a major work, a comic pastiche/breakdown that would do John Zorn proud in its theatrical juxtapositions. It begins with a straight reading of her beloved Monteverdi (she was one of the Renaissance composer's greatest interpreters) and things go downhill from there--in high Marx Brothers fashion. Then the ever-surprising Berberian offers us "Folk Songs," Berio's relatively staid settings of traditional tunes. This virtuoso vocalist was also one of the few classical Read more artists who could sing naturally, without an overly stressed operatic delivery, if and when the material demanded it. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Recital I "for Cathy" by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Folk Songs for Mezzo Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, Harp and Percussion by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964/1973 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  Webster Hall, New York, New York 
Length: 20 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Ballad von der sexuellen Hörigkeit by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  Webster Hall, New York, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Luciano Berio. 
4.
Marie Galante: Le grand Lustucru by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  Webster Hall, New Tork, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Luciano Berio 
5.
Happy End: Surabaya Johnny by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  Webster Hall, New Tork, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Luciano Berio 

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