The Complete Sequenzas, Alternate Sequenzas, and Works for Solo Instruments (mode161​-​163)

by Luciano Berio

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Sequenza I for flute (1958) (7:56)
performed by Paula Robison

Sequenza II for harp (1963) (10:14)
performed by Susan Jolles

Sequenza III for woman's voice (1965) (8:46)
performed by Isabelle Ganz

Sequenza IV for piano (1966) (12:05)
performed by Aki Takahashi

Sequenza V for trombone (1965) (5:02)
performed by Stuart Dempster

Sequenza VI for viola (1967) (13:16)
performed by Garth Knox

Sequenza VII for oboe (1969/2000) (7:36)
performed by Jacqueline Leclair
performing the official revised Universal Edition of the score, edited by Ms. Leclair


DISC 2:
Sequenza VIII for violin (1976) (13:10)
performed by Irvine Arditti

Sequenza IXa for clarinet (1980) (16:04)
performed by Carol Robinson

Sequenza IXb for alto saxophone (1981) (13:50)
performed by Kelland Thomas

Sequenza X for trumpet in C and piano resonance (1984) (15:16)
performed by William Forman

Sequenza XI for guitar (1987-88) (18:42)
performed by Seth Josel


DISC 3:
Sequenza XII for bassoon (1995) (17:07)
performed by Noriko Shimada

Sequenza XIII for accordion "Chanson" (1995) (10:10)
performed by Stefan Hussong

Sequenza XIVa for cello* (2002) (11:38)
performed by Rohan de Saram

Sequenza VIb for cello* (1981) (15:34)
performed by Rohan de Saram

Sequenza VIIb for soprano saxophone (1995) (7:39)
performed by Ulrich Krieger

Sequenza IXc for bass clarinet (1980) (13:37)
performed by Alain Billard


DISC 4:
Sequenza XIVb for contrabass* (2004) (12:56)
performed by Stefano Scodanibbio

Rounds for harpsichord (1964-65) (2:08)
performed by Jane Chapman

Gesti for recorder (1966) (5:20)
performed by Lucia Mense

Fa-Si for organ (1975) (9:47)
performed by Gary Verkade

Les mots sont allés... for cello (1978) (4:03)
performed by Rohan de Saram

Lied for clarinet (1983) (5:04)

Comma for e-flat clarinet* (1987) (1:34)
performed by Carol Robinson

Psy for contrabass (1989) (1:57)
performed by Michael Cameron

Chanson pour Pierre Boulez for cello* (2000) (2:46)
performed by Rohan de Saram

Gute Nacht for trumpet (1986) (1:04)
performed by Brian McWhorter

All Sequenzas are preceded by verses of Edoardo Sanguineti performed by Enzo Salomone

* indicates FIRST RECORDING

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released January 31, 2006

Luciano Berio greatly enriched the repertoire for solo instruments and voice with his series of sixteen Sequenzas and works such as Psy, Gesti, Rounds and Fa-Si. Written between 1958 and 2002 and spanning almost five decades of Berio's creative career, these solo compositions reflect some of his most crucial aesthetic ideas and compositional techniques.

The first COMPLETE recording of the Sequenazs: This set includes the world premiere recording of Sequenza XIV for solo cello, written for ex-Arditti Quartet cellist Rohan de Saram, who performs the Sequenza here.

The first COMPLETE recording of the alternate Sequenazs: At the request of many soloists, Berio arranged several of the Sequenzas for alternate instrumentation. This set compiles all of Berio's alternate Sequenzas for the first time, also with some first recordings.

Plus all of Berio's works for solo instruments: Also collected together for the first time, Berio's solo works and personal arrangements (with the exception of those for solo piano, which would be a full CD in itself) are included.

Berio was good friends with the Italian author Edoardo Sanguineti, who began writing the verses for individual Sequenzas in 1994. In performance, each verse can be recited before its respective Sequenza. All of the Sanguineti verses are presented here before each Sequenza, as performed by the distinguished Italian actor Enzo Salomone.

An international all-star cast of performers: Mode had the good fortune to begin this set with the help of Mr. Berio, who suggested some of the performers here. They include members of The Arditti Quartet and Ensemble Modern along with other distinguished soloists.

104-page book of extensive notes and biographical information packaged with 4-CDs in deluxe slipcase.

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