Luciano Berio: Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments

Luciano Berio: Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments

     
 
Admirers of Luciano Berio's "Sequenzas" have long wished for an affordable, high-quality collection of these masterpieces for solo instruments, considered by some to be the core works in the composer's oeuvre. Deutsche Grammophon released Ensemble InterContemporain's fabulous set in 1994, but its relatively high price and

Overview

Admirers of Luciano Berio's "Sequenzas" have long wished for an affordable, high-quality collection of these masterpieces for solo instruments, considered by some to be the core works in the composer's oeuvre. Deutsche Grammophon released Ensemble InterContemporain's fabulous set in 1994, but its relatively high price and incompleteness make it a second choice when compared with the 2006 set on Naxos, which is both reasonably priced and complete, now that "Sequenza XIV for cello" appears on CD for the first time. Of course, bargaining over cost and completeness is one thing, but artistic quality is another important consideration: how does the Naxos edition fare in its performances and sound quality? While Ensemble InterContemporain's terrific compilation practically guarantees accuracy and authenticity -- many of Berio's original musicians were involved in the project -- the performances on this triple-disc set are quite comparable and wholly convincing in virtuosic skills, lustrous timbres, and splendid recording quality; only an adept student of these pieces could note any discrepancies, and those would be minor. In musical terms, Naxos has taken pains to make its "Sequenzas" as good as Deutsche Grammophon's, so it has drawn on the talents of its best avant-garde specialists and produced a perfectly desirable package that Berio's numerous fans should check out, even if they already own the earlier release.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313266128
catalogNumber:
8557661
Rank:
302997

Tracks

  1. Sequenza I, for flute
  2. Sequenza II, for harp
  3. Sequenza III, for voice
  4. Sequenza IV, for piano
  5. Sequenza V, for trombone
  6. Sequenza VI, for viola
  7. Sequenza VII, for oboe
  8. Sequenza VIII, for violin
  9. Sequenza IX, for clarinet
  10. Sequenza X, for trumpet in C & piano resonance
  11. Sequenza XI, for guitar
  12. Sequenza XII, for bassoon
  13. Sequenza XIII, for accordion
  14. Sequenza XIV, for cello
  15. Sequenza VIIb, for soprano saxophone
  16. Sequenza IXb, for saxophone solo

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