Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Lieder

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Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Lieder

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

16th September 2016

Catalogue No:

HMC902180

Discs:

1

Release date:

9th Sept 2016

Barcode:

3149020218020

Length:

61 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)

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Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Lieder


Berio:

Sinfonia

The Synergy Vocals

Mahler:

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Ich ging mit Lust (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Phantasie aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Nicht wiedersehen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio


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"Since it was first performed in 1969, Luciano Berio's Sinfonia has become a classic, certainly the most widely known of all his works and arguably the most successful concert piece by a composer of his generation." The Guardian

This release is dedicated to the pioneer of Italian modernism Luciano Berio. His 5-movement 'Sinfonia', is undoubtedly his most well-known work, written for the New York Philharmonic and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. It has become one of the key works and principle musical manifestations of the 1960s bringing together collage technique and modernism.

A few years later, Berio went on to orchestrate a number of songs on texts from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn', which Mahler had scored for piano and voice, as if they had been written at the time of the later 'Kindertotenlieder'. A symphonic backcloth tailor-made for the great baritone voice of Matthias Goerne [whose 'Knaben Wunderhorn' songs are already available on DVD, with Andris Nelsons, from Lucerne]. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the sombre and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else.

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: XI. Ablösung im Sommer

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: XI. Ablösung im Sommer

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: X. Zu Straβburg auf der Schanz

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: X. Zu Straβburg auf der Schanz

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: XIII. Nicht wiedersehen!

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: XIII. Nicht wiedersehen!

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 2: VI. Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 2: VI. Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: II. Erinnerung

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: II. Erinnerung

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: III. Hans und Grete

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: III. Hans und Grete

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 2: VII. Ich ging mit Lust

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 2: VII. Ich ging mit Lust

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: I. Frühlingsmorgen

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: I. Frühlingsmorgen

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: V. Phantasie aus "Don Juan"

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 1: V. Phantasie aus "Don Juan"

Gustav Mahler: Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: XII. Scheiden und Meiden

Lieder und Gesänge, Book 3: XII. Scheiden und Meiden

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia: I.

Sinfonia: I.

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia: II. O King

Sinfonia: II. O King

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia: III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung

Sinfonia: III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia: IV.

Sinfonia: IV.

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia: V.

Sinfonia: V.

The Guardian

28th September 2016

****

“Berio’s skilful arrangements invoke a similar soundworld as Mahler’s own orchestrations of his songs: it’s colourful, slightly brittle, and vividly pointed up by Pons...Goerne gives the vocal lines the slightly larger-than-life quality they need, exaggerating their expressive extremes and running through his full palette of baritonal shades.”

Presto Classical

James Longstaffe

16th September 2016

“any attempt to describe this [third] movement can't possibly do full justice to how extraordinary an accomplishment it is; it's much more than simply copying out some Mahler and throwing in a few other bits and pieces, and the overall effect in performance is remarkable, shifting from violent orchestral outbursts to some truly sublime moments.”

Sunday Times

9th October 2016

“Berio’s Sinfonia, premiered in 1968, remains an incomparably rich conundrum...On a disc such as this outstanding one, balance can be contrived so that the throng of words is audible to just the right degree.”

The Telegraph

22nd October 2016

****

“Goerne summons a dark, curdled tone, which can switch in an instant to a delicate tenderness...Altogether, this disc is a wonderful introduction to one of the 20th century’s great composers.”

Irish Times

26th October 2016

“Pons’s new, gorgeously textured performance couples the endlessly fascinating work with Berio’s two-decades-later, light-touch orchestrations of Mahler songs, sung with heart-piercing point by Matthias Goerne.”

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2016

*****

“We have only to listen to [Berio’s] exquisite song orchestrations, graced with Goerne on riveting, vibrant form, to feel the depth of his empathy, an almost palpable longing to be absorbed into that lost Viennese world…this coupling is a must-have”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2016

“Matthias Goerne projects each song with ursine power and humour, albeit in slightly frayed voice. His larger-than-life stage persona fits Berio’s vividly faithful arrangements…this new [recording] feels even truer to the spirit of '68 which inspired Sinfonia”

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