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Following the publication of Luciano Berio’s writings in 2013, a selection of his major interviews is now issued for the first time by Einaudi, Torino. The new volume Luciano Berio. Interviste e colloqui, edited by Vincenzina C. Ottomano with an introduction by Paul Griffiths, features over fifty conversations, interviews and inquiries held with Berio over a period ranging from the early 1960’s up till a few months prior to his death in 2003. The texts, accompanied by editorial notes and comments, offer a multiple perspective on the composer’s life and work in an idiom that is at once approachable by a large spectrum of readers and surprisingly new for those who are familiar with his theoretical writings. The constant interaction of questions and answers encourages a spontaneous and immediate mode of communicating thoughts and issues that are central to Berio’s world view and poetics, such as music theatre, language, oral tradition and music history, electronic and computer-assisted composition, musical education. The portrait of a composer emerges who is deeply (and often critically) involved in the contemporary scene, convinced of the role of music and of the musician in the formation of a better society.

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The concerts featuring Luciano Berio’s music continue during the year 2017. Here follows a selection of the most outstanding events (for a complete list, see the Concert calendar).

Sinfonia is scheduled in Heidelberg, featuring the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the Schola Heidelberg choir conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens (September 29), and in Paris, with the Orchestre and Coeur de Paris conducted by Daniel Harding (November 1st and 2nd).
In London, on November 4, the London Sinfonietta devotes to Berio a monographic concert with performances, among others, of Folk Songs, Naturale, Duetti per due violini (selection), Sequenza I, Sequenza II, Autre fois, Lied, Air, O King.
Performances of Folk Songs are scheduled in Basel (November 19) and Laufen (November 24) featuring the mezzo-soprano Kristina Stank and the Sinfonieorchester Basel conducted by Stephen Delaney.

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Handwritten answers by Luciano Berio to the «Proust Questionnaire», 1990 (by courtesy of Paul Sacher Stiftung and Berio heirs). See Luciano Berio. Interviste e colloqui, pp. 459-464.