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Opening of the Berio Series

There was a scandal at la Scala in Milan the day Passaggio premiered in 1963. In the temple of lyric art, the anti-opera stance of Luciano Berio and Edoardo Sanguinetti caused a veritable "battlefield atmosphere" according to Umberto Eco. This messa in scena (staged mass) places the subject, captive and humiliated, darkly named "Elle" between two masses: a singing choir on stage and a spoken choir in the theater. The tension created is ever-present through the violent entrance of the speech of the crowd that successively incarnates social order, the order of the judge and religion, consumer society, and the performance.

Luis Fernando Rizo-SalomThe young Colombian composer, Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom, has also taken the spatial issue to the point of dramatic exaltation in his work. Three groups of musicians spread out in the concert space, while the electronic sounds creep closer to the listener via small loud-speakers placed under the seats. This sonorous manifest invites the listeners to "take part or simply listen".


  • Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom New work
    Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Radio France, World Premiere
  • Luciano Berio Passaggio


Julia Henning, soprano
Ensemble intercontemporain
Conducted by Susanna Mälkki
Cappella Amsterdam (singing choir)
Daniel Reuss, choirmaster
Le Jeune Chœur de Paris (speaking choir)
Geoffroy Jourdain, choirmaster
IRCAM Computer Music Design Robin Meier

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Cité de la musique, Ensemble intercontemporain co-production. Part of the 4th Biennale d'art vocal.
Concert recorded by France Musique.

Photo: Luis Fernando Rizo-Salom © Johanna Salmon

Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 8:30pm / Cité de la musique, salle des concerts

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, 2009, 8:30pm / Cité de la musique, salle des concerts