New York Philharmonic Launches Multimedia Website, "Luciano Berio's Musical Odyssey"

Classic Arts News   New York Philharmonic Launches Multimedia Website, "Luciano Berio's Musical Odyssey"
The New York Philharmonic has launched a multimedia website devoted to Luciano Berio (1925 _2003), one of the most significant composers of the modern era. The new minisite, titled "Luciano Berio's Musical Odyssey" and available via (click on the blue "Launch feature" legend), has been created to complement the Philharmonic's 2008 performances of Berio, which form one of the major themes of the orchestra's 2007-08 season.

The centerpiece of the site is a 17-minute documentary containing five chapters that explore Berio's life; his music and its influences; his association with the New York Philharmonic; his legacy; and the works that the Philharmonic is performing in 2008.

In addition, the site offers "More to Explore" sections, which delve more deeply into the particular Berio works the orchestra is performing this season. Those pieces include Sinfonia (with conductor Lorin Maazel, January 30 _February 2); the complete Sequenzas (solo works to be performed by Philharmonic musicians and guests as part of the "Day of Berio" at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater on February 2); Folk Songs (sung by soprano Dawn Upshaw with conductor Alan Gilbert, March 5 _8); and Rendering (conducted by David Robertson, May 29-31).

Also on the mini-site are program notes by Philharmonic program annotator James M. Keller; video and audio interviews with Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker, Principal Harp Nancy Allen, Associate Principal Bass Jon Deak, and cellist Eric Bartlett as well as accordionist William Schimmel; and interviews with composer Steven Stucky, host of the Philharmonic's Hear & Now programs (including those that explore Sinfonia) and of the panel discussion on the "Day of Berio." Audio clips of these works and related photographs and documents can be examined, including a stage diagram and a letter connected to Sinfonia's premiere; many of these documents have been culled from the New York Philharmonic Archives.

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