Saturday, December 29, 2007
The New York Philharmonic's website now features a lengthy series of multimedia features about Luciano Berio as part of its 2008 programming that features his music. (Note: to get to the multimedia stuff, click on the light blue "Launch Feature" hypertext just below the first two paragraphs.) The NY Phil's approach to explaining Berio's life and works, utilizing a documentary as well as numerous audio and video clips, is a great way to garner interest in the work of a contemporary composer, as well as make it accessible without any dumbing down. I particularly like the clips of performers, whose anecdotes bring to life what working with Berio must have been like.