Luciano Berio: Circles · Sequenza I, Sequenza III, Sequenza V (1967, r1991)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 159 MB
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Berio has been writing the Sequenzae, a series of works for solo instruments, since 1958. Each Sequenza can be compared to a brief character sketch; each is unique and highly poetic. Berio avoids the tedium inherent in many contemporary studies for solo instruments through a preoccupation with the theatrical aspect implicit in the performance situation itself―another of his long-standing concerns. This disc couples three of these solo works―for flute, soprano, and trombone–with a classic setting of E.E. Cummings for soprano and percussion entitled Circles, a remarkable piece sung by the superlative Cathy Berberian.