Luciano Berio With The Los Angeles Philharmonic Play Music Of Gabrielli, Maderna, Berio and DeFalla – 1979 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert
Another historic concert this week. This one might take some getting used to if you aren’t already familiar with the Experimental music of Luciano Berio. But Berio, along with his compatriot Bruno Maderna, were pivotal figures in later 20th Century Experimental and Electronic Music. They were revolutionary figures who helped shake the status quo of Contemporary Classical Music to its core and brought about a new sensibility and new approach to what was possible in composition and performance.
In addition to his work in composing, Luciano Berio was also an extremely talented Conductor. Like his friend Bruno Maderna, they were well versed in the acknowledged Classical music at the time, so they were no strangers to the Three B’s. Some of Bruno Maderna’s live concerts playing Mozart are astounding.
But this concert is primarily made up of then-new works, and some arrangements of older pieces. It was recorded on January 28, 1979 and features the legendary duo-pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque, as well as Mezzo-Soprano Maria Ewing and Principle cellist for the Philharmonic Ronald Leonard.
Beginning with a performance of the Bruno Maderna arrangement of the Gabrieli Motet In Eclessius. It’s followed by Luciano Berio’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra, featuring Katia and Marielle Labeque along with Zita Carno.
After intermission there are two American premiers: Berio’s Ritorno Degli Snovidenia for cello and Orchestra, with Ronald Leonard as soloist. And the concert concludes with the Berio arrangement of Five Popular Spanish Songs by Manuel DeFalla with mezzo-soprano Maria Ewing as soloist.
A rare and unusual concert from the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 1970s. One that sought to bring new music to the audience at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and a rare performance featuring Lucian Berio in the role of guest conductor.
Maybe not Anti-Road Rage Wednesday music – but certainly something to sit down with and absorb. It won’t hurt – I promise.