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Luciano Berio

Biography

Born: October 24, 1925; Oneglia, Italy   Died: May 27, 2003; Rome, Italy  
Luciano Berio was one of the most important Italian composers of the second half of the twentieth century, a leader of the international avant-garde who has managed to write music that is communicative and pleasing to audiences. He received musical instruction from his father and grandfather, organists in Oneglia, and continued musical training through his school years. After World War II he went to Milan to study law but also became a Read more composition pupil with Ghedini, a composer known for his interest in many styles. He passed that interest on to Berio, who started his career as a neo-Classicist.

While in school Berio met met a remarkable American singer, Cathy Berberian. They married and went to the U.S. on their honeymoon. At Tanglewood, he met his famous countryman Luigi Dallapiccola, who was teaching there. From him, Berio learned to work with the 12-tone system and also absorbed an interest in working with sound as a musical parameter. He met the electronic music pioneers Ussachevsky and Luening, which furthered his interest in sound. This led him, on his return to Europe, to seek out Bruno Maderna, Henri Pousseur, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, leaders of the European avant-garde who were also interested in electronic music.

In 1955 Berio and Bruno Maderna founded a Studio di Fonologia at a Milan radio station; it was the first electronic music studio in Italy. Berio became very active there, organizing concerts and also publishing a new music journal, both under the name Incontri musicali. He resigned his position with the studio in 1961, worn out by overwork, red tape, and political infighting.

Berio explored the frontiers of sound, particularly vocal sound, thanks to his association with Berberian. She was willing and able to produce a remarkable variety of extended techniques with her voice, which she did with the utmost musicianship. But Berberian was also able to win audiences with her superior showmanship. Representative of Berio's vocal writing is Sequenza III for solo voice, which portrays 44 emotional states in seven and a half minutes and includes conventional singing, coughs, sighs, sobs, and a sound Berio called "girl-bird." The work Omaggio a Joyce used Berberian's voice as the source sounds for a tape music piece. The more traditional Folk Songs was a display piece for her facility with languages. Berio's noteworthy, ongoing series of solo instrumental works -- many in theSequenza series -- have often explored the timbral possbilities of a particular instrument.

In the 1960s Berio taught at Tanglewood, Dartington, Darmstadt, Harvard, Juilliard, and Mills College, Oakland, CA. By the end of the decade, his marriage to Berberian had ended, and he returned to Europe. One of his most remarkable "American" compositions was Sinfonia (1969), a striking work built on the principles of quotation and collage. Back in Italy, he produced a series of television programs to popularize modern music. He was appointed to the board of IRCAM in Paris and wrote other notable works, such as Voci and Coro. In 1987 he founded Tempo Reale, a research institute in Milan. One of his many important later works is Renderings, which utilizes the fragmentary posthumous sketches of Schubert's Tenth Symphony with clouds of sound that eventually coalesce into syntactic units. Berio died in Rome in 2003. Read less
Folk Songs - Berio, Nurulla-Khoja, Žuraj, Gentilucci, Ungureanu, Nikodijevic, Jazylbekova
Release Date: 11/25/2014   Label: Neos  
Catalog: 11316   Number of Discs: 1
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Berio: Sequenzas I - XIV
Release Date: 05/16/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557661   Number of Discs: 3
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Stories - Berio, Cage, Marsh, Frank , Berberian / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices
Release Date: 05/10/2011   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807527   Number of Discs: 1
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J. S. Bach,  C. P. E.  Bach,  Berio, Carter, Britten / Celine Moinet
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902118   Number of Discs: 1
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    Folk Songs - Berio, Nurulla-Khoja, Žuraj, Gentilucci, Ungureanu, Nikodijevic, Jazylbekova
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11316 Release Date: 11/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Farangis Nurulla Khoja,  Vito Žuraj,  Marta Gentilucci  ... 
    Performer:  Noa Frenkel
    Conductor:  Detlef Heusinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Experimental,  Electronic Media
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    Pierre Boulez - The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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    Berio: Sinfonia, Calmo,  Ritirata Notturna Di Madrid  / Lintu, Finnish Radio Symphony
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1227 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Virpi Raisanen
    Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Folk Songs / Nora Gubisch, Alain Altinoglu
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5365 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Fernando J. Obradors,  Enrique Granados,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Gubisch,  Alain Altinoglu,  Iris Torossian,  Bastien Pelat  ... 
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    Biber, Bartok, Berio, Bach
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72635 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Béla Bartók,  Luciano Berio,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Liza Ferschtman
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Dreams / Dagmar Peckova, Jiri Belohlavek, Prague Philharmonia
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4171 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms,  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Dagmar Pecková
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia,  Prague Philharmonic Choir
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    Perspectives 6: Beethoven, Berio, Schumann
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2293 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Andreas Haefliger
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    Luciano Berio, Huang Ruo / Bowlin, Weiss, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
    Label: Oberlin Music   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Huang Ruo
    Performer:  David Bowlin
    Conductor:  Timothy Weiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
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    The New Music Vol 2 - Boulez, Haubenstock-Ramati, Maderna / Rome Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 3266 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Roman Haubenstock-Ramati,  Bruno Maderna,  Luigi Nono  ... 
    Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni,  Frederic Rzewski,  Lothar Faber
    Conductor:  Bruno Maderna
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
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    12 Hommages Á Paul Sacher Pour Violoncelle / Demenga
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 9445234 Release Date: 03/04/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinz Holliger,  Benjamin Britten,  Cristobal Halffter,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Demenga,  Patrick Demenga,  Pierpaolo Toso,  Françoise Schiltknecht  ... 
    Conductor:  Jürg Wyttenbach
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    Zeit(t)raume: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6749 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Claudia Böttcher,  Jovita Zähl
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    20th Century Italian Clarinet Solos / Sergio Bosi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573090 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Bruno Bettinelli,  Valentino Bucchi,  Renato Dionisi  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Bosi
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    The King Of Clarinet
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 99071/72 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Ferenc Bognár,  Anthony Spiri
    Conductor:  Koji Toyoda
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    The World Of The Oboe
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2026 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Napoléon Coste,  Robert Schumann,  Pam Wedgewood,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Marios Argiros,  Dimitris Dekavallas,  Jeremy Polmear,  Diana Ambache  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Membe
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    Berio: Sinfonia, Concerto For Two Pianos / Swingle Singers, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 49992 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Bruno Canino,  Antonio Ballista
    Conductor:  Luciano Berio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers,  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 7: 2000-2010
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss,  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Godfried Hoogeveen,  Lars Vogt,  Jorgen Van Rijen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lorin Maazel,  Claus Peter Flor,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Frederic Rosselet
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 7498 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  Henri Dutilleux,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Frederic Rosselet
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  • 19.
    Oboe +: Berio & Beyond
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2015 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Christopher Redgate
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  • 20.
    Berio: Sinfonia, Ekphrasis / Peter Eotvos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001708302 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Mark Williams,  Per Enoksson
    Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices,  Swedish National Museum Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Berio: Laborintus Ii / Patton, Octors, Ictus Ensemble
    Label: Ipecac   Catalog: 133 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Mike Patton
    Conductor:  Georges-Elie Octors
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir,  Ictus Ensemble
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    Banalites / Thomas Blondelle, Daniel Blumenthal
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 591 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Ravel,  Erik Satie,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Blondelle,  Daniel Blumenthal
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  • 23.
    Berio: Complete Piano Music / Francesco Tristano
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 32 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Francesco Tristano
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    Time Transcending / Daniel Dodds
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 832 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Rochberg,  Luciano Berio,  Thüring Bräm,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Dodds
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    Berio: Orchestral Realisations - Schubert, Mahler, Brahms / Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5101 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Michael Collins
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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