Luciano Berio, an Italian composer of significance in the use of experimental techniques, was born at Oneglia on 24 October 1925. His wide range of music draws attention to the diversity of musical development this century. His work has obviously given spur to younger composers, especially in music for voice, often for his former wife Cathy Berberian, who in turn had a huge influence on Berio. He died in Rome on 27 May 2003.
A selection of M&V articles about Luciano Berio
CD Spotlight. Familiar and Otherworldly - The City of Tomorrow, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... funny, playful, and full of light.'
DVD Spotlight. Outrageously Flamboyant - Christian Lindberg as trombonist, composer and conductor, recommended by Ron Bierman. '... an extraordinary character ...'
Ensemble. Opulent and Effective - Puccini's 'Turandot' in Arizona, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Surrealist in Language - The homogeny of Jonathan Harvey, investigated by Jennifer Paull. '... superbly interpreted ...'
Ensemble. Political Overtones - George Benjamin's 'Into the Little Hill', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Timings - Universal Edition's preparations for the Mahler Centenary years (2010-2011), by Jennifer Paull
CD Spotlight. Mozart across Niagara - Peter Hatch's 'Wiki Mozart' delights Jennifer Paull. '... an intoxicating cocktail.'
The Philosophy of Absence - Jennifer Paull investigates four releases of Cage's Number Pieces
Pure Fashion? - Several Composers in Search of an Identity, by Béla Hartmann
Pleasant Meanderings - Easy-listening in Rome's Quirinale Palace, with Karen Haid
Life-affirming - Steven Schick's 'The Percussionist's Art', reviewed by Paul Sarcich
Cathy Berberian: Legacy - On the 40th anniversary of 'The Miniskirt Affair', Jennifer Paull sets the mood of the 1960s into which Cathy Berberian's imaginative style of recital programming shook the conventional rafters of 'classical music' through sheer daring - her legacy to music-making
Cathy Berberian - Never knowingly misunderstood - Jennifer Paull questions the focus of the lens of musical history
Cathy Berberian - A musical Columbus - On what would have been Cathy Berberian's 80th birthday, Jennifer Paull explores the life of the artist who died way too soon
CD Spotlight. Fascinating music - Works by Luciano Berio and David Sherr, admired by Patric Standford. '... a great interpreter and technical artist.'
Profile - A musical enchantress. On the anniversary of Cathy Berberian's death, Jennifer Paull remembers the legendary singer who cast musical spells