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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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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).

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. Lire, interpreter... was held in Paris, organized by the Université Paris 8; on 6 and 7 December, the Italian Academy of Columbia University, New York, hosted Monteverdi at 450: Experiments in Sound, Image and Movement, two days of events dedicated to the "revisitation" made by Berio of the "L'incoronazione di Poppea" by Monteverdi; On December 14, at Conservatorio "G. Verdi", Milan, was held the study day Altre seconde cose. XVII e XX secolo nella recezione di Claudio Monteverdi , featuring a reflection on the Orfeo 2 curated by Berio in 1984.

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).
Folk Songs and Naturale are scheduled in Bonn with the ensemble Musikfabrik, conducted by Dirk Rothbrust, and two outstanding soloists: mezzo-soprano Jessica Aszodi and violist Tabea Zimmermann (Jan 19). Circles will be performed in Miami by Kelsey Lauritano and the New World Symphony conducted by Michael Linville (Jan 27). Rendering will be in the Konzerthaus Berlin's concert season, featuring the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Andrey Boreyko (Feb 4).

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.



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.



The concerts featuring Luciano Berio’s music continue during the end of 2016. Here follows a selection of the most outstanding events (for a complete list, see the Concert calendar).

Récit (Chemins VII) is scheduled in Cologne (October 28) and Essen (October 30) featuring the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and saxophonist Lutz Koppetsch conducted by Brad Lubman. Another concert with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, with Christophe Desjardins and conducted by Emilio Pomàrico, is the performance of Chemins II in Cologne (November 5). The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart will perform A-Ronne at the Essen Philharmonie (November 5). Naturale is scheduled in Kalgenfurt with violist Ernst Theuerkauf and percussionist Gerhard Gruber (November 19), and in Budapest, with Tabea Zimmermann and Aurél Holló (November 20). In Buenos Aires, the Teatro San Martín ensemble of contemporary music, featuring Coro Diapasón Sur and the speaker Rafael Spregelburd, conducted by Santiago Santero, will perform Laborintus II; the same evening, Pablo Fenoglio will perform Sequenza V for trumpet (November 20). In Paris, the Orchestre du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with pianist Théo Fouchennere, conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz, will perform points on the curves to find for piano and 22 instruments (November 30).