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Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio (Composer)

Born: 24th October 1925, Oneglia, Imperia, Italy

Died: 27th May 2003, Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Luciano Berio OMRI was an Italian composer noted for his experimental work (in particular his 1968 composition Sinfonia and his series of virtuosic solo pieces titled Sequenza), and for his pioneering work in electronic music. His early work was influenced by Igor Stravinsky and experiments with serial and electronic techniques, while his later works explore indeterminacy and the use of spoken texts as the basic material for composition.

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Recording of the Week, Folk Songs from Magdalena Kožená

The Czech mezzo teams up with her husband Simon Rattle and the Czech Philharmonic for superbly characterful performances of folk-inspired song-cycles by Bartók, Berio, Ravel and Montsalvatge.

Recording of the Week, Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music by Berg, Berio, and Gershwin

Katherine listens to the Canadian soprano's bold new disc Crazy Girl Crazy, centring on Berg's Lulu.

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