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Berio III

The masterpiece Coro by Berio revives the idea of popular music after the adventure of Folksongs. However, here a choir of "diverse techniques going from the lieder to popular songs, from African heterophonies to polyphonie" (Berio) replaces overt citations. A unique anthology of the numerous ways of putting the voice "to music". The thirty-one episodes of Coro are characterized by short anonymous poems that alternate with fragments by Pablo Neruda and the pairing of each singer with a musician.

The former assistant of Luciano Berio, Luca Francesconi, also takes his turn with the troublesome marriage of speech and sound, between the instrumental and electronic worlds, the probing strength of his work. Questioning the power of sound seduction and the complexity of our perception, Sirènes concentrates the originally 'pagan' oratorio and sends it out to the furthest corners of the concert hall that has become a gigantic sound vessel.

Luca FrancesconiProgram

  • Luciano Berio Coro
  • Luca Francesconi Sirènes
    Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, World Premiere


Brussels Philharmonic-The Orchestra of Flanders
Direction Michel Tabachnik
Chœur de la Radio Flamande
Bo Holten, choirmaster
IRCAM Computer Music Design

A Cité de la musique, Brussels Philharmonic and IRCAM-Centre Pompidou co-production. Part of the 4th Biennale d'art vocal.
Concert recorded by France Musique

Photo: Luca Francesconi © Fermariello

Saturday, June 13, 8:30pm / Cité de la musique, salle des concerts