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Centro Studi Luciano Berio and the Municipality of Radicondoli will celebrate the memory of Luciano Berio with a great and joyous festival scheduled from 26 to 28 May 2023, twenty years after the death of the composer. Thanks to the agreement signed between the two organisations, this year's "Festival Luciano Berio, Radicondoli" will be an area of "dialogue", declined in plural and always different ways: a dialogue between the town, its inhabitants, and the sounds inspired by Luciano Berio's music and thought; between the places that will host the events (the piazza but also the concert halls); between professional musicians and amateurs, between art music and popular music; between modern and ancient; and many more.
The official preview of the Festival (on the morning of Friday 26th) will be followed in the evening by the inauguration in a place dear to Berio, the piazza, and in various 'sound stations' in the village, in which band ensembles (professional and amateur) will dialogue with each other and with the ITER choir, performing cultured and popular music, composed, re-elaborated or just particularly dear to Berio. For the occasion, Tempo Reale, Research Centre for Musical Production and Didactics based in Florence, will create a sound installation that will move from outside the village to inside the exhibition hall of Palazzo Bizzarrini.

On the occasion of the Luciano Berio Festival to be held in Radicondoli (SI) from 26 to 28 May 2023, the Centro Studi Luciano Berio is organising special piano and cello masterclasses held by Prof. Andrea Lucchesini and Prof. Claudio Pasceri.
The masterclasses will take place on 27 May 2023 in Radicondoli and will be dedicated to the performance practice of some works for piano and cello by Luciano Berio. They are addressed to young Italian and foreign musicians who already have pieces by Berio in their repertoire and/or who wish to take advantage of an opportunity to improve and deepen their knowledge with teachers highly specialised in this repertoire.
The masterclasses are open to musicians of all nationalities who are under 35 years of age on 31 December 2023.
Participants will be selected by a commission consisting of the two teachers plus internal members of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio. The professors reserve the right to indicate the two best musicians (one per instrument) for participation in an internal concert at the Festival Luciano Berio 2023 to be held in Radicondoli on 26 November 2023.

Applications must be submitted by 31 March 2023. The masterclasses are open to external auditors upon registration via e-mail (festival@lucianoberio.org) by 30 April 2023.

To download the announcement with all the details click here.

On 10 and 11 March 2023, the Fondazione Roma Tre Teatro Palladium - Auditorium Parco della Musica hosted Luciano Berio e la multimedialità (Luciano Berio and multimedia), a meeting consisting of a didactic seminar, video projections and study day, curated by Angela Ida De Benedictis and Federica Di Gasbarro.

The expansion of the boundaries of musical language through the interaction between old and new media and the broadening of the means of transmission of the sound message represented an unceasing challenge in the career of Luciano Berio (1925-2003).
His encounter with new media dates back to the first half of the 1950s and reached its first important stage with the founding, together with Bruno Maderna, of the Studio di Fonologia Musicale in Milan at RAI, one of the first electronic music laboratories in Europe. In this Studio, Berio experimented with new forms of interaction between instrumental, vocal and electronic music.
In the 1970s, Berio ventured into the multimedia medium par excellence, television. The cycle of broadcasts C'è musica e musica, first aired on RAI in 1972, stands out as a unicum in the television landscape of the time and makes TV an instrument of high dissemination of international musical culture, destined to broaden the sound horizons and knowledge of Italian television viewers.



From the 27th to the 29th of May, 2022, Radicondoli (Province of Siena, Italy) hosted a weekend dedicated to Luciano Berio and his profound bond with the Tuscan village he chose in the 1970s as his favourite place of the heart, in which to work and spend time with his family and closest friends.
The event, entitled “Suoni e occasioni: Radicondoli ricorda Luciano Berio" (Sounds and occasions: Radicondoli remembers Luciano Berio), is organised by Radicondoli Arte in collaboration with the Centro Studi Luciano Berio and the Radiconvento Music School (Dulcimer Fondation pour la musique). The program aims to celebrate the Maestro (as he is still called by the residents of the village), through the sharing of memories and testimonies of the people who knew him and were part of his life.
The weekend consisted of audiovisual projections, an exhibition of archival material, meetings with the public, musical performances and a concert by the mdi ensemble with works by Berio and readings of his texts. The throughline of all these events was the concept of "occasion," as defined with multiple meanings and retraced through the artistic and personal biography of Luciano Berio.

To underline the relationship between Berio and Radicondoli, we have collected extracts from texts and interviews where the composer talks about this special affection on this page.

Some photos of the meeting with the public, held on 28 May at the Teatro dei Risorti in Radicondoli, are collected here.


Bruno Maderna © Gisela Bauknecht [Sammlung Bruno Maderna, Paul Sacher Stiftung Basel]

On the centenary of his birth, Centro Studi Luciano Berio wants to pay homage to Bruno Maderna through a small collection of archival documents, partly unpublished, which convey the intensity of a unique human and artistic friendship. Juxtaposed like pieces of a colorful mosaic, images, words and music indicate unequivocally – and at times moving – the strength of a friendship made of giving and receiving, and of affection, enthusiasm, desire for knowledge and also of disenchanted pragmatism. But, above all, of a common way of feeling and experiencing music in an all-encompassing way, as «an enchanted landscape, a document of all of us men of the past, of the present, of the future».

For our homage to Bruno Maderna, click here.

The elegant box featuring the nine Chemins by Luciano Berio was released by Sebastian Solte's label Bastille Musique. Composed between 1965 and 1996 as a sort of "citation, translation, expansion and transcription of the Sequenzas for solo instrument" – to paraphrase the words of the composer – these Chemins are also the best analyzes of the Sequenzas.
The double CD, accompanied by the program notes and a beautiful iconographic set, includes the live recording of the six concerts featuring the WDR Symphony Orchestra which were held between 2016 and 2017 in Cologne, in the frame of the cycle "Musik der Zeit": seven conductors and seven soloists participated in this ambitious project, which includes the world premiere recording of Chemins IIc.
For the disc review, read here.

Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna © Gisela Bauknecht [Sammlung Bruno Maderna, Paul Sacher Stiftung Basel]