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The Centro Studi Luciano Berio is pleased to announce that on October 24, 2019, on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the composer's birth, a street in Florence will be named in his honor. Via Luciano Berio joins other streets and public spaces dedicated to Berio in the years following his death in 2003: in Rome, Genoa, Milan, Radicondoli (SI), Imperia and Jávea (Alicante). Emblematic close to the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Via Luciano Berio is part of Via del Fosso Macinante and located at the intersection of Viale Fratelli Rosselli and Piazza Vittorio Veneto. The inauguration ceremony will take place at 10:30 am with the representatives of the Municipality of Florence, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Berio family and the Centro Studi Luciano Berio.
During the ceremony, Andrea dell’Ira and Claudio Quintavalla – first trumpets of the Orchestra del Maggio – will perform two works by Berio: Fanfaretta per Tartuca for two trumpets and Gute Nacht for solo trumpet.
The dedication was decided by the council of Palazzo Vecchio to underline the close bond betwen the composer and the city of Florence: Berio was, in fact, the artistic director of the Orchestra della Toscana (1982-84), artistic director of the 47th edition of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1984) as well as the founder and artistic director of Tempo Reale, centre for musical research, production and didactics (1987-2000).

Many concerts featuring Luciano Berio's music are scheduled in the last months of 2019 and the first part of 2020. Here follow the most outstanding events (for a complete list, see our Concert calendar).

Folk Songs is one of the most performed works during Fall 2019: it is scheduled in Vancouver, with mezzo-soprano Dawn Upshaw and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Otto Tausk (Oct 18-20); in Milan, together with O King, in the frame of MilanoMusica, featuring Cristina Zavalloni and Ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi conducted by Carlo Boccadoro (Nov 4); in Antwerp and Ghent, with Solgerd Isalv and the Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen under the baton of Philipp Pointner (Nov 9 and 12).

We are happy to announce that the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, in collaboration with the Centro Studi Luciano Berio, has promoted an international composition competition dedicated to Luciano Berio.
The competition, open to composers under 40, is the result of a partnership with SIAE, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Fondazione Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, and the Boris Christoff Foundation. It will bestow a commission for the composition of an original piece of symphonic music to have its world première during the 2020-2021 season of Santa Cecilia, directed by Antonio Pappano. The piece composed by the winner will be published by Universal Edition and subsequently inserted in the concert seasons of the partner orchestras. The Jury, chaired by Antonio Pappano, Musical Director of the Academy, will also be comprised of Ivan Fedele, Unsuk Chin, Tristan Murail and Augusta Read Thomas.
Registration will end on 1 July 2019. The elimination round will conclude on September 30th, 2019 leading to the selection of the finalists of the competition. The final phase will take place in Rome on the 13th and 14th of October 2019.
For more information, click here.

The appointments with Luciano Berio's music continue during the central months of 2019. Here follow the most outstanding concerts (for a complete list, please visit our Concert calendar).

Folk Songs are scheduled at the The Kennedy Center, Washington, featuring mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda (June 6–9); the Stroma ensemble, with mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew and under the baton of Hamish McKeich, will perform this work in Wellington, New Zealand (August 1st). Corale is performed in Seattle by violinist Luke Fitzpatrick and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Adam Stern (June 8). Naturale is scheduled in Munich and Tutzing with Christian Pilz, Klaus-Peter Werani and Markus Steckeler – musicians of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk – conducted by Joseph Bastian (July 6 and 7); in August, Naturale will be performed in the frame of Salzburger Festspiele, featuring Tabea Zimmermann and Christoph Sietzen (August 13). Coro is scheduled at the Ruhrtriennale (Gladbeck) in two concerts with Duisburger Philharmoniker and Chorwerk Ruhr conducted by Florian Helgath (August 31 and September 1st). Sinfonia is performed in Helsinki, with Susanna Mälkki conducting vocal ensemble Exaudi and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (September 6).

At the beginning of 2019 numerous events featuring Luciano Berio's music are scheduled. Here follow the most outstanding concerts (for a complete list, please visit our Concert calendar).

Folk Songs are performed in Costa Rica for the first time, featuring mezzo-soprano Marcela Alfaro and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Heredia conducted by Joan Pagès (Feb 22 and 23). Otto Romanze e Quattro versioni originali della "Ritirata Notturna di Madrid" di L. Boccherini, with tenor Enrico Casari and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto conducted by Marco Angius are scheduled at Teatro Pollini, Padua (Feb 28) and at Teatro La Fenice, Venice (March 1st). The Otto Romanze are again on the bill, along with Siete Canciones populares españolas, in Frankfurt am Main (March 30) and Köln (March 31), featuring Rolando Villazon and the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Quattro versioni originali della "Ritirata Notturna di Madrid" di L. Boccherini are also scheduled in Innsbruck with Camerata Innsbruck CINNS conducted by Maria Makraki (April 13).

From February 1st to 3, at the Cité de la Musique / Philharmonie de Paris, is scheduled a Week-end Berio+, which in addition to the performance of some 'classics' of Berio’s catalog (including Sinfonia, Sequenza VIII and Opus Number Zoo), it will present two novelties of exceptional importance. Friday, February 1st (Salle des concerts, 8.30 pm) will be presented L'Orfeo, a reworking of Monteverdi’s masterpiece conceived by Berio in 1984 and premiered in Florence with a group of composers including Luca Francesconi, Ludovico Einaudi, Maurizio Dini Ciacci and Betty Olivero. In 1986 the work was reperformed in Florence in a new version, to then fall into oblivion lasting about thirty years. Angela Ida De Benedictis – who oversaw the reconstruction of the score of the work in the 1986 version, staged on this occasion – will report the events of this collective project in a preparatory talk before the performance (Amphitéâtre, 7.00 pm). Among the performers are some of the musicians who took part in the world premiere and the reprise of 1986 (Maurizio Dini Ciacci, who will conduct the opera, and Francesco Pisanu).

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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In September 2018 the album Dialogues by pianist Andrea Lucchesini was released by the German label Audite. On the album, Lucchesini puts in dialogue the Six Encores – six piano miniatures composed by Luciano Berio from 1965 to 1990 – with six Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. Lucchesini explains: «The combination of Scarlatti's Sonatas and Luciano Berio's Encores was the last of the many gifts I received from him. We worked together in the choice of Scarlatti's Sonatas that could be adapted to his pieces. It was a very emotional work». To the combination Berio-Scarlatti, Lucchesini has juxtaposed that between Idyll and Abyss by Jörg Widmann and the Six Moments Musicaux D. 780 by Franz Schubert.
For more information on the album, click here.
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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.