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Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio

(1925 - 2003)

Born in Oneglia, Italy, Luciano Berio studied with Giorgio Federico Ghedini at the Milan Conservatory and with Luigi Dallapiccola at Tanglewood, then worked for the Italian Broadcasting Corporation from 1953 through 1960. In 1960 he founded the Studio di Fonologia and directed a concert series under its name. He has taught in the United States at Tanglewood, Mills College and Harvard University; and in Europe at Darmstadt and Dartington.

From 1965 to 1971 he was a member of the composition faculty at the Juilliard School in New York. Berio ran the electro-acoustic department of IRCAM in Paris until 1980, and the following year he founded tempo Reale, an institute for new music, in Florence. In 1982 he became Musical Director of the newly founded Regional Orchestra of Tuscany, and in 1984 was Artistic Director of the Maggio Musicale in Florence. In 1988 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 1994 Berio became Distinguished Composer in Residence at Harvard University and remained there until 2000.

Recommended Recordings


Naxos 8.557661-63
Sequenzas I - XII/Naxos 8.557661-63
Nora Shulman (flute), Erica Goodman (harp), Tony Arnold (soprano), Boris Berman (piano), Alain Trudel (trombone), etc.

Sequenzas I-XIVb, etc./Mode CD-640
Paula Robison (flute), Susan Jolles (harp), Isabelle Ganz (voice), Aki Takahashi (piano), Stuart Dempster (trombone), etc.

Sequenza IV & IXb, Serenata I, O King, Linea/Dabringhaus & Grimm MDG6130754-2
Steffen Schleiermacher, Matthias Kreher, Kerstin Klein, Thomas Michael Gribow/Ensemble Avantgarde

Wergo WER6021-2
Sequenzas I for Flute, III for Voice, and V for Trombone & Circles/Wergo WER6021-2
Aurèle Nicolet (flute), Cathy Berberian (soprano), Vinko Globokar (trombone), Jean-Claude Casadesus (piano)

Sequenza VIIb for Soprano Saxophone and IXb for Alto Saxophone with Stockhausen, Scelsi, etc./BIS CD-640
Claude Delangle (saxophones)


Sony SMK45862
Chemins II for Viola & Orchestra and IV for Oboe & Strings/Sony SMK45862
Pierre Boulez/Ensemble Contemporain


Philips 446094-2
Sinfonia for 8 Solo Voices & Orchestra; Canticum Novissimi Testamenti II/Philips 446094-2
Semyon Bychkov/Orchestre de Paris

Sinfonia for 8 Solo Voices & Orchestra; Eindrücke/Erato 2292-45228-2
New Swingle Singers, Pierre Boulez/French National Orchestra

Laborintus 2

Harmonia Mundi 195764
Laborintus 2; Eindrücke/Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord HMA195764
Christiane Legrand (soprano), Janette Baucomont (soprano), Claudine Meunier (contralto), Edoardo Sanguinetti (speaker), Luciano Berio/Ensemble Musique Vivante, Chorale Expérimentale