Berio: The Great Works for Voice

Berio: The Great Works for Voice

by Christine Schadeberg
     
 

Mode's reissue of Christine Schadeberg's 1995 recital of vocal music by Luciano Berio is a welcome addition to the catalog. While her performances don't make the listener forget the individuality and panache of Cathy Berberian, for whom most of these pieces were written, Schadeberg more than holds her own in her technical andSee more details below

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Mode's reissue of Christine Schadeberg's 1995 recital of vocal music by Luciano Berio is a welcome addition to the catalog. While her performances don't make the listener forget the individuality and panache of Cathy Berberian, for whom most of these pieces were written, Schadeberg more than holds her own in her technical and expressive mastery of the music. Her voice is not large, but is remarkably flexible and secure, and her tone is pure. These performances are models of precision and clarity. Only in the mercurial "Folk Songs" does the listener wish for a more aggressive differentiation of the moods, and more abandon in the final "Azerbaijan" love song. The members of the ensemble Musicians' Accord are fully engaged partners, and their energy and virtuosity are crucial to the vitality of these performances. It's wonderful to have so many of Berio's major vocal works brought together on a single recording. The CD includes the first recording of Berio's "Quattro Canzoni Popolari," written in 1946 and 1947 before the composer's immersion in serialism. (The set includes two songs that the composer would revisit in the 1964 "Folk Songs"; a comparison of his treatments is fascinating.) Berio has number of unrecorded early vocal works, and if they approach the quality of these songs, a recording is overdue. The recorded sound is clear and crisp, but tends to favor the instruments, and particularly in the more thickly scored sections of the "Folk Songs," the balance would have benefited from having the voice more prominently miked.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/1995
Label:
Mode
UPC:
0764593004820
catalogNumber:
48
Rank:
257949

Tracks

  1. Folk Songs, arranged for soprano & 7 instruments (or orchestra)  - Luciano Berio  - Tania León  - John Jacob Niles  - Sheldon Berkowitz  - Brian Brandt  - Carol Emanuel  - Marc Farre  - Martine Jore  - Theodore Mook  - Martha Mooke  - Michael Pugliese  - Christine Schadeberg  - William Trigg  - Katherine Flanders Mukherji  - Katherine Flanders Mukherji  - Musicians' Accord  - Kurt Michaelis
  2. Sequenza III, for voice  - Luciano Berio  - Tania León  - Brian Brandt  - Marc Farre  - Martine Jore  - Christine Schadeberg  - Kurt Michaelis  - Markus Kutter
  3. Popular Songs (4), for female voice & piano  - Luciano Berio  - Brian Brandt  - Marc Farre  - Martine Jore  - Sara Laimon  - Kurt Michaelis
  4. Chamber Music, for female voice, clarinet, cello & harp  - Luciano Berio  - Barbara Allen  - Sheldon Berkowitz  - Brian Brandt  - Marc Farre  - Martine Jore  - James Joyce  - Kurt Michaelis  - Ted Mook
  5. O King, for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano  - Luciano Berio  - Luciano Berio  - Sheldon Berkowitz  - Brian Brandt  - Marshall Coid  - Marc Farre  - Martine Jore  - Margaret A. Kampmeier  - Theodore Mook  - Hayes Biggs  - Katherine Flanders Mukherji  - Kurt Michaelis
  6. Circles, for female voice, harp & 2 percussionists  - Luciano Berio  - Brian Brandt  - E.E. Cummings  - Marc Farre  - Susan Jolles  - Susan Jolles  - Martine Jore  - Michael Pugliese  - Michael Pugliese  - William Trigg  - William Trigg  - Kurt Michaelis

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