Luciano Berio’s last visit to Vienna was in Nov 2000 when he attended the Austrian première of Epiphanies (RSO Vienna, conductor Dennis Russell Davies) at the Wien Modern festival (listen to an extract from an interview with Berio and Davies here). When the Vienna Konzerthaus was refurbished, it was equipped with the latest technology and a fourth concert hall (sponsored by Kapsch) which has now been named the Berio-Saal.
The Konzerthaus will officially commemorate the composer, whose music has always played a key role there, in concert on 16 Dec with an ‘Hommage à Luciano Berio’. The portrait concert will feature the soloists Alda Caiello, mezzo-soprano, Mario Caroli, fl, Garth Knox, vla, Krassimir Sterev, acc, Lukas Schiske, perc, Marino Formenti, pno and Studio Tempo Reale from Florence. The programme includes Quattro canzoni popolari, Sequenza I for flute, Momenti, Naturale su melodie siciliane, Sequenza XIII for accordion, Altra voce for alto flute, mezzo-soprano and live electronics, and Sonata.