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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.

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.

Following years of preparation and increasing expectation, the first collection of Luciano Berio's writings: Scritti sulla musica has finally issued by Einaudi, Torino, edited by Angela Ida De Benedictis and with an Introduction by Giorgio Pestelli. The volume features nearly 90 texts, some but not all of them previously published, covering the period 1952 - 2003, accompanied by editorial notes and comments (see the index attached in pdf). The anthology, organized in four broad sections, includes lectures, essays and articles varying in scope and subject matter, program notes, encyclopaedia entries, recollections and tributes to friends and fellow artists, as well as profiles of musicians, painters and writers who made their mark on Berio's creative career. The topics range from his own music to the compositions of others, his experience in the Studio elettronico and in music theatre, from rock to folk music, and so on. Altogether these texts accompany the reader through the vast range of Berio's interests and the human and artistic involvement that characterised the reflections of one of the most outstanding composers of our time.
For the table of contents click here.
For an interview with Angela Ida De Benedictis click here.