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Luciano Berio, handwritten page from Una melodia di Gustav Mahler. Note sull’”Andante” della Sesta Sinfonia (in Colloque International Gustav Mahler, Paris 1986, pp. 108-115: 110, now in Luciano Berio, Scritti sulla musica, edited by A.I. De Benedictis, Torino, Einaudi 2013, p. 150).

Saturday, 18 October at 12 am Radio Classica dedicates to Luciano Berio the program “Note d’autore”. The broadcast features an interview with Angela Ida De Benedictis, editor of Berio’s writings recently issued by Einaudi Luciano Berio, Scritti sulla musica and can be listened to in streaming on Sunday, 19 October at 11 pm, and thereafter in podcast on the Soundcloud channel of Radio classica.
A new production of Puccini’s Turandot with the Finale composed by Luciano Berio in 2001 is being produced by the Opéra de Nice between the 12th and 19th of November, with Roland Böer conducting and Federico Grazzini as stage director.
On November 13 a much attended performance of Coro will take place at the Teatro Colón di Buenos Aires with Emilio Pomarico conducting the Buenos Aires Philarmonic Orchestra and the choir Diapasón Sur.
Berio’s Duetti for two violins feature in two different frameworks of the Paris Festival d’Automne. On November 22, 26 and December 6 a selection of the Duetti will be juxtapositioned to excerpts from Macé’s Ambidextre and Stockhausen’s Kontakte in a creative mosaic performed by students of the Rameau middle school of Versailles directed by Christophe Junivart.
Workwhitinwork, William Forsythe’s famous interpretation of Berio’s Duetti, will be performed in Paris (November 17-26) and in other venues and dates by the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon within the “Portrait” of the American choreographer featured by the Festival d’Automne.

For the complete calendar of the current and forthcoming performances of Berio’s music click here.

The world première of Cronaca del Luogo, Luciano Berio’s last music-theatre work, with a text by Talia Pecker Berio, inaugurated the Salzburg Festival on the 24th of July 1999. We wish to celebrate this date with documents, photos and excerpts from a radio interview with the composer and his wife, which was conducted by Michele dall’Ongaro and broadcast by the RAI Radio 3 in the days prior to the performance.
Next month we shall mark the 30th anniversary of yet another seminal music-theatre work by Luciano Berio - Un re in ascolto, which had its world première in the Salzburg in 1984 under the baton of Lorin Maazel whose recent passing is a huge loss for the musical community across the planet. We wish to honor his memory and to remember his life-long friendship and many significant musical encounters with Luciano Berio.

For the documents on Cronaca del Luogo, click here.

The 27th of May is the eleventh anniversary of Luciano Berio’s death. We would like to honor this date by posting a selection of salient moments from the last interview with the composer, from the video, Omaggio. The interview was recorded on April 8th, 2003, and conducted by Gillian Moore and Shân MacLennan for the Southbank Centre in London, which presented a festival dedicated entirely to the composer in 2004 entitled «Omaggio: A Celebration of Luciano Berio.»
In the interview, responding to questions by the two interviewers, Luciano Berio relates some essential moments in his personal and artistic development: his experience as a composer, his connection to popular music and culture, a reflection on technology. The testimony ends with an intense reflection on the future of music, on ways of listening, and to the unity of musical experience within interactions between the classical, pop and jazz traditions: «There are certain deep, solid roots in what we do that cannot be changed or destroyed».

To listen to excerpts from the interview, click here.