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"[Sinfonia] is a wild, four-movement work and shows the new direction music is taking. Gone are the strict constructions and parameters of serialism. Instead there is a concentration on pure sound... With the Swingle Singers grouped around microphones, breaking the language (French and English, mostly) into bits of sound components, and with the orchestra often blasting away with fortissimo chords that contained all 12 notes of the scale, there was not a dull moment anywhere... It is one of the musics of the future." -- Harold C. Schonberg, The New York Times
"...theRead more Swingle Singers perform this music as if their lives depended on it.
Sinfonia becomes a piece of musical theater on that recording..." -- Raymond Tuttle, www.classical.net Read less
Works on This Recording
Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestraby Luciano Berio Conductor:
New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century Written: 1968-1969 Date of Recording: 10/12/1968 Venue: Phlharmonic Hall, New York, NY
Nonesby Luciano Berio Conductor:
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1954 Date of Recording: 04/1975 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Allelujah IIby Luciano Berio Conductor:
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1957-1958 Date of Recording: 04/1975 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Concerto for 2 Pianosby Luciano Berio Performer:
Antonio Ballista (Piano),
Bruno Canino (Piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Date of Recording: 04/1975 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Concerto for Two Pianos
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Magnificent presentation of the Sinfonia!January 13, 2014By C. Smith (Buffalo, NY)See All My Reviews"Without any doubt whatsoever, THE best recording of the Sinfonia ever! In the composers hands, perfectly paced. The original Swingle Singers manage the extraordinarily difficult vocal parts with easeWard Swingle in particular manages the highwire act of getting all those words out with poise and balance, and not sounding rushed. All of the commercial recordings of the Sinfonia fall far short of this. The Eotvos is probably the best, but it lacks Berio's authority. The Chailly is okay, but balanced very badly. The Boulez is the worst of all; avoid at all costs! All of these are further handicapped by the presence of the 5th movement, which has none of the style or substance of the first foura poor afterthought, which actually diminishes the effect of the others. (It's the only one that sounds like boilerplate modern music!) Ironic that Columbia/Sony will never re-release Berio's recording because it lacks this final movement, when the piece is better without itand so the best recording is commercially un-viable... The other recordings on this disk are fine, too. (They weren't on the original LP of the Sinfonia, and date from the 70s.)"Report Abuse
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