LUCIANO BERIO (1925-2003): Chemins I for Harp and Orchestra (Anna Verkholantseva [harp]), Chemins IIb for Orchestra, Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (GrauSchuhmacher Piano Duo), Formazioni for Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 03K079
Label: col legno
Reference: WWE1CD 20281
Description: Four of Berio's most strikingly original orchestral works in a medium in which he was able to prove repeatedly that it was possible to be as original as any of his Darmstadt contemporaries without necessarily rejecting the influence of past traditions. The Chemins, a series of works derived from the solo Sequenze, further drawing on each other for successive works, are represented here by the orchestrally exuberant IIb and the restrained I, essentially a solo harp work in which the orchestra takes on the role of an expanded super-harp. The explosive clusters and scintillating gestures of the piano concerto (taken up and amplified by the orchestra) sound like a logical extension of the romantic virtuoso vehicle, reimagined in a modern vocabulary; 1986's Formazioni on the other hand, innovatively explores relationships between and among spatially separated orchestral groups in a manner that suggests the sound projection in the composer's electronic scores, all accomplished with conventional orchestral forces. Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins (Chemins), Bertrand de Billy, Stefan Asbury (Formazioni).