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Berio: Sinfonia, Concerto For Two Pianos / Swingle Singers, New York Philharmonic


Release Date: 05/07/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 49992  
Composer:  Luciano Berio
Performer:  Antonio BallistaBruno Canino
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle SingersNew York PhilharmonicLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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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

"...the
Read 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

1.
Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestra by Luciano Berio
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers,  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1969 
Date of Recording: 10/12/1968 
Venue:  Phlharmonic Hall, New York, NY 
2.
Nones by Luciano Berio
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
3.
Allelujah II by Luciano Berio
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957-1958 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
4.
Concerto for 2 Pianos by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Antonio Ballista (Piano), Bruno Canino (Piano)
Conductor:  Luciano Berio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 

Sound Samples

Section I
Section II
Section III
Section IV
Nones
Allelujah II
Concerto for Two Pianos

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Magnificent presentation of the Sinfonia! January 13, 2014 By C. Smith (Buffalo, NY) See All My Reviews "Without any doubt whatsoever, THE best recording of the Sinfonia ever! In the composer’s hands, perfectly paced. The original Swingle Singers manage the extraordinarily difficult vocal parts with ease—Ward 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 four—a 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 it—and 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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