Berio: Sinfonia; Calmo; Ritirata

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Catalog: ODE 1227-5
Format: Hybrid SACD/CD

Raisanen; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lintu

Composed by: Berio, Luciano

Ondine continues its exciting releases focusing on 20th c. masterpieces together with conductor Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. + After the successful of Ligeti (ODE 1213-2; Gramophone Editor’s Choice) and Messiaen (ODE 1251-5) recordings, the latest album is dedicated to orchestral works by the pioneer of Italian modernism, Luciano Berio (1925–2003). + A highlight of this disc is Berio’s iconic 5-movement Sinfonia, 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 principal musical manifestations of the 1960s, bringing together collage technique and modernism. + The recording begins with Berio’s orchestral adaptation of Luigi Boccherini’s popular Ritirata Notturna di Madrid. + This disc also includes Calmo for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments written by Berio after the death of fellow composer and friend Bruno Maderna. + The work is sung here by mezzo- soprano Virpi Räisänen, a singer acclaimed for his performances of 20th c. music and whose solo debut recording can be found on Ondine (ODE 1208-2).

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