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Luciano Berio - Coro

Composer Luciano Berio
Performer The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK)
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2391 SACD
EAN 7318599923918
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2020
Total time 73'26


Luciano Berio’s Coro has been described as the work that ‘exemplifies all the qualities that made him one of the leading composers of our time’. The work’s full title is ‘Coro for voices and instruments’, and the 40 voices and 44 instrumentalists do indeed make up a single choir – instrumentalists and singers sit together, with each singer paired with a particular player, and used both as soloists and combined in mass effects.&&&

Composed in 1976, Coro is also a strikingly ‘global’ work: Berio’s use of texts (mainly translations of folk poetry) attributed to peoples – ‘Peruvian’, ‘Croatian’, ‘Sioux’ – turns the work into a chorus of cultures. The texts are laid out in 31 separate sections of varying length, but the overall effect is cumulative, not episodic. The only named author is the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who became a powerful posthumous voice following his death in 1973 in the wake of General Pinochet’s military coup. Along with other text fragments, his words ‘Come and see the blood in the streets’ keep returning during the course of the work, and the sense emerges of human individuals needing to be alerted to social and political developments demanding a collective response. Under its artistic director Grete Pedersen the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir has made acclaimed recordings of music ranging from Norwegian folk songs and Hildegard of Bingen to Bach, Brahms and Xenakis. Joined by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra it now takes on one of the major choral works of the past 50 years. The disc closes with Berio’s smaller scale Cries of London, performed by members of the choir.
 
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  Luciano Berio
  Coro 58'24
01 I. Today is mine… Wake up, woman, rise up, woman 5'06
02 II. Venid a ver 2'03
03 III. Your eyes are red 0'27
04 IV. Venid a ver 0'05
05 V. Your eyes are red 1'08
06 VI. Venid a ver la sangre por las calles 0'27
07 VII. Wake up, woman, rise up, woman 1'38
08 VIII. Venid a ver la sangre por las calles 4'42
09 IX. I have made a song 1'02
10 X. Venid a ver la sangre por las calles 0'30
11 XI. I have made a song 2'17
12 XII. Venid a ver la sangre 0'20
13 XIII. Wake up, woman, rise up, woman 1'38
14 XIV. Venid a ver la sangre 0'36
15 XV. Komm in meine Nähe 0'49
16 XVI. Today is mine 1'39
17 XVII. Pousse l’herbe et fleurit la fleur 1'01
18 XVIII. Go, my strong charm… Venid a ver 0'41
19 XIX. It is so nice 1'25
20 XX. Your eyes are red… El día pálido se asoma 1'53
21 XXI. Mirad mi casa muerta 3'35
22 XXII. Je m'en vais où ma pensée s’en va 1'46
23 XXIII. Pousse l’herbe et fleurit la fleur 1'04
24 XXIV. Oh issa… Ich sehe Tautropfen… Your eyes are red 1'13
25 XXV. Oh issa lo in alto… Komm in meine Nähe 0'33
26 XXVI. Come ascend the ladder 1'04
27 XXVII. When we came to this world 2'03
28 XXVIII. El día oscila rodeado 3'48
29 XXIX. Hinach yafà raayatí 2'16
30 XXX. El día pálido se asoma 5'16
31 XXXI. Spin, colours, spin… El día pálido se asoma 6'19
 
  Cries of London 14'43
32 I. These are the cries of London town. Simply, like a folk tune… 1'15
33 II. Where are ye fair maids that have need of our trades 1'29
34 III. Garlic, good garlic 2'09
35 IV. These are the cries of London town 1'11
36 V. These are the cries of London town 1'16
37 VI. Money, penny come to me 3'30
38 VII. Cry of Cries. Come money to me 3'53
 
  Album total 73'26
ComposerBerio, Luciano
ConductorPedersen, Grete
OrchestraNorwegian Radio Orchestra
PerformerNorwegian Soloists' Choir, The

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