Berio: Epifanie; Coro

Berio: Epifanie; Coro

by Leif Segerstam
     
 

The Salzburg Festival is not necessarily the first venue that comes to mind as a vehicle for contemporary music. The booklet note for Orfeo's Berio: Epifanie, Coro agrees -- the Felsenreitschule concert of August 19, 1974, featuring Luciano Berio's "Epifanie" was "played to whole rows of empty seats." Those who stayed home missed a truly stunning performanceSee more details below

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The Salzburg Festival is not necessarily the first venue that comes to mind as a vehicle for contemporary music. The booklet note for Orfeo's Berio: Epifanie, Coro agrees -- the Felsenreitschule concert of August 19, 1974, featuring Luciano Berio's "Epifanie" was "played to whole rows of empty seats." Those who stayed home missed a truly stunning performance with the ORF-Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the young Leif Segerstam and, at the top of her form, the queen bee of contemporary music singers, Cathy Berberian. Thanks to Orfeo's long-running reissue program of Salzburg Festival performances, a generation of more appreciative listeners can now have a ticket to this long-ago concert. Now that both Berio and Berberian have joined the departed and Segerstam looks like a Viking warrior who can hardly keep the crumbs out of his beard, it is much easier to admire this performance than perhaps it was in 1974. Liner note writer Gottfried Kraus tries to have it both ways, citing both the empty seats and the enormous success these concerts were in terms of critical appraisal, particularly for Segerstam. It appears that the empty seats spoke most loudly to Berio, as not long after these mid-'70s concerts were held Berio withdrew both "Epifanie" and its companion here, "Coro" (1976), from his active catalog of works for extensive revisions. Berio: Epifanie, Coro is a rare example of an instance where the unrevised version of an important contemporary work is made available in addition to revised versions; in Berio's case revising often meant adding "more," not always the best way to go. Berberian is simply splendid in "Epifanie"; the best reason of all to issue this long suppressed work is to hear her magnificent performance. The orchestral playing in "Coro" is superb, with the hard-working chorus hanging in there -- usually in such music it is the other way around. These 1974 and 1977 recordings have some tape hiss, and sometimes the high end is a little intermittent, otherwise these are very good live recordings from that time. Stripped of the academic imperative and belonging now to the past, a lot of mid-twentieth century "new music" does not hold up so well. Berio's music is different in that it reflects the chaos and intellectual fervor of its time perfectly well and, as such, still has quite a bit of potency.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Orfeo
UPC:
4011790626123
catalogNumber:
626041
Rank:
223739

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  1. Epifanie, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra (revised as "Epiphanies")  - Luciano Berio  - Cathy Berberian  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Bertolt Brecht  - James Joyce  - Edoardo Sanguineti  - Antonio Machado  - Marcel Proust  - Claude Simon
  2. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 1. Today is mine, Indianisch (Sioux). Wake up woma  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  3. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 2. Venid a ver, Pablo Neruda  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  4. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 3. Your eyes are red, Polynesisch. 4. Venid a ver,  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  5. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 6. Venid a ver la sangre por las calles, Pablo Ner  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  6. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 8. Venid a ver la sangre por las calles, Pablo Ner  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  7. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 10. Venid a ver la sangre por las calles, Pablo Ne  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  8. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 12. Venid a ver la sangre, Pablo Neruda. 13. Wake  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  9. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 14. Venid a ver la sangre, Pablo Neruda. 15. Komm  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  10. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: El día palido se asoma, Pablo Neruda. 21. Mirad mi  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda
  11. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 26. Come ascend the ladder, Indianisch (Zuni). 27.  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
  12. Coro, for 40 voices & 40 instruments: 28. El día oscila rodeado, Pablo Neruda. 29. Spin  - Luciano Berio  - Leif Segerstam  -  ORF Vienna Radio Chorus  -  ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Pablo Neruda

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