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Luciano and Talia Pecker Berio in the Felsenreitschule, Cronaca del Luogo, Salzburger Festspiele, 1999.

© Günther Sturm

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.

May 27 marks the eleventh anniversary of Berio’s passing; three events are scheduled for this date: the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart perform A-ronne in Madrid; the Eutopia Ensemble, with mezzo-soprano Giulia Beatini, performs Folk Songs conducted by Matteo Manzitti (Teatro Cavour, Imperia); the Ater Balletto is in Rome with Workwithinwork, created by the choreographer William Forsythe on Berio's Duetti per due violini (the performance will be repeated on May 28 at Teatro Olimpico).
On June 13 and 14 Gaetano d'Espinosa conducts the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Rendering (Venezia, Teatro Malibran).
On July 6 the Junge Sinfonie Reutlingen, conducted by Rainer M. Schmid, will perform Rendering in the Sommerkonzert 2014 (Reutlingen, Stadthalle).
On July 16 in Siena, in the frame of Estate Musicale Chigiana, Carmelo Giallombardo (viola) and Jonathan Faralli (percussion) will perform Naturale, with sound projection by Francesco Giomi.
One of the most outstanding events is the performance of Sinfonia on August 5 in the frame of the BBC proms 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall, London, with Semyon Bychkov conducting the European Union Youth Orchestra and London Voices. The concert has been chosen by one of the UK’s most significant critics as one of the top ten Proms of the summer.

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.