LUCIANO BERIO / BRUNO MADERNA - Berio / Maderna (BVHaast 9109 / Acousmatrix 7)
THE 'ACOUSMATRIX' HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC SERIES ON BVHAAST...
In 1955 Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna founded a Studio di Fonologia at a Milan radio station; it was the first electronic music studio in Italy.
Berio became very active there, organizing concerts and also publishing a new music journal, both under the name Incontri Musicali. Berio explored the frontiers of sound, particularly vocal sound, thanks to his association with Cathy Berberian. She was willing and able to produce a remarkable variety of extended techniques with her voice, which she did with the utmost musicianship. Three pieces: Momenti, Thema-Omaggio a Joyce, Visage.
Bruno Maderna's celebrity in America was so short-lived that by 2004 Maderna's name was largely forgotten there, but not so in Europe, where he is yet regarded as one of the giants of postwar modernism. Two pieces: Le Rire, Invenzione su una voce featuring Cathy Berberian.