BERIO: Sequenzas (Complete) (Alain Trudel/ Boris Berman/ Darrett Adkins/ Erica Goodman/ Guy Few/ Jasper Wood/ Joseph Petric/ Kenneth Munday/ Nora Shulman/ Pablo Sainz Villegas/ Steven Dann/ Tony Arnold/ Wallace Halladay) (Naxos: 8.557661-63)
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This 3 CD set is the first entry in the Naxos catalogue for the music of Luciano Berio. Although he left an extended and varied output, including five major stage-works, a number of significant choral and orchestral works (including the famous 'Sinfonia' of 1968), and a sizeable body of instrumental and vocal pieces, the music of Luciano Berio is encapsulated in the 'Sequenza' series running through 34 years of his creativity.
Not only have many of the 'Sequenzas' set standards for performance prowess and stamina, each embodies a redefinition of the technical limits of the instrument, many pushing boundaries that have never before been attempted. Virtuosic yet communicative, the 'Sequenzas' are a touchstone for the dialogue between performer and listener.
This 3 CD set showcases all 16 Sequenzas, not only displaying Berio's seemingly boundless creativity, but also the sheer virtuosity of the performer, each bringing their own individuality to the fore as they grapple with these very challenging works.