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The year 2017 closed with three events dedicated to the relationship between Luciano Berio and Claudio Monteverdi, organized on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the birth of the composer from Cremona. On November 23 and 24 the international study meeting Orphée Aujourd’hui.

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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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From the end of May to October 2018 numerous events featuring Luciano Berio's music are scheduled. Here follow the most outstanding concerts (for a complete list, please visit our Concert calendar). 

Laborintus II is scheduled at the DR Koncerthuset of Copenhagen with Demian Vitanza as speaker, the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices, the DR VokalEnsemblet and the DR SymfoniOrkestret conducted by Franck Ollu (May 31). The month of June starts with the performance of Rendering in Oranjewoud (Holland), with Benjamin Levy conducting the Noord Nederlands Orkest (June 1). Folk Songs are scheduled in three concerts between June and August: in Bochum, Germany, with Cristina Zavalloni and the Bochumer Symphoniker conducted by Enrico Onofri (June 2); in the frame of the Kuhmo Festival, Finland, featuring the mezzo-soprano Victoire Bunel and the musicians Alberto Mesirca, Christoffer Sundqvist, Harri Lehtinen, Janne Thomsen, Julian Arp, Lior Ouziel, Tuija-Maija Nurminen and Yuval Gotlibovich (July 23); at the Salzburg Festspiele, with mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa and the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen (August 5).

Sinfonia will be performed in Seoul, with the Swingle Singers and the KBS Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yoel Levi (July 20); in Milan – with Berio's Quattro versioni originali della Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini – featuring the Swingle Singers and the Filarmonica della Scala conducted by John Axelrod (September 23); in Prague, with the London Voices and the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Semyon Bychkov (October 17, 18 and 19).

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).

Coro is on tour between March and May under the direction of Teodor Currentzis, featuring the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the MusicAeterna choir, with performances scheduled in Ferrara (March 30), Munich (April 1st), Cologne (April 2), Hamburg (May 29) and Saint-Denis (May 30).
On May 18 in Bologna is scheduled a round table entitled "C’è musica & musica di Luciano Berio (1972): attualità di una serie televisiva tra divulgazione e sperimentazione”, conducted by Angela Ida De Benedictis.
Beatles Songs and Chemins II are scheduled at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rom, performed by the Ensemble Modern, featuring Anna Clementi and Megumi Kasakawa, conducted by Tito Ceccherini (May 22). Rendering is scheduled in several concerts in Görlitz, with Andrea Sanguineti conducting the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie in a performance, which features also choreographies by Dan Pelleg and Marko E. Weight (June 24 and July 7, 8, 9).

In the first months of 2018 numerous events with Luciano Berio's music are scheduled. Following is a list of the main events until April (for a complete list, see the Concert calendar).

From March 22 to 25 is scheduled the London Ear Festival, with performances of Sequenza I, Sequenza IV, Sequenza VI, Cries of London, Gesti, Sonata and Six Encores (for the complete program, click here).
Three important events will feature performances of Sinfonia: at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg conducted by Alejo Pérez (March 18 and 19); in Munich, with London Voices and Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by Semyon Bychkov (April 21 and 22); in the frame of the Klangbrücken Festival, Hannover, with The Swingle Singers and the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover conducted by Stefan Blunier; the same concert will feature also performances of Festum and Fanfara (April 23 and 24).

In october 2017 the ECM Records published the album Now, And Then featuring the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and guitarist Pablo Márquez conducted by Dennis Russel Davies. The album orchestral transcriptions of works by Frescobaldi, Legrenzi, Gabrieli, Viadana and Wassenaer realized by Bruno Maderna, and Chemins V for guitar and chamber orchestra by Luciano Berio. The booklet includes the texts Now, and then by Paul Griffiths, and Scrivere – e riscrivere. L’interpretazione o l’analisi della musica by Michele Chiappini and Angela Ida De Benedictis.
For and excerpt of Chemins V, click here.
For the details of the album on ECM's website, click here.

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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.

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Luciano Berio's outline for Coro (Paul Sacher Stiftung, Collection Luciano Berio)

October 24 marked the 91st anniversary of Luciano Berio’s birth. This year the date coincided with another important anniversary: the world première of Coro, one of the cornerstones of Berio’s oeuvre, which was performed for the first time forty years ago, on the 24th of October 1976 in Donaueschingen with the composer himself conducting the WDR Rundfunkchor and Rundfunkorchester Köln (for more information on the work click here).
We wish to celebrate this double "birthday" with a selection of documents that confirm the importance of Coro for Berio’s poetics: «The work deals with the problem perhaps more deeply rooted in me: put together, give an order to seemingly disparate things», highlighting the idea of Coro as an encounter of different cultures and periods, as a dialogue between different techniques and styles that merge without ever losing their individuality.
The homage includes the full audio track of Coro as well as excerpts from Luciano Berio’s writings and interviews; manuscript pages; and a letter from the composer to his future wife and dedicatee of the composition - Talia Pecker Berio - written during the rehearsals of the première.