Berio, L :: Opus Number Zoo: Children's play for wind quintet

  • $46.95
  • Composer
    Berio, L
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Universal Edition [UE31262]
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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Opus Number Zoo: Children's play for wind quintet

Berio, L

Opus Number Zoo is a charming, disquieting early work of Berio's, quite unlike what the world has come to know from the composer. Far from the radical polystylism of the Sinfonia, this little score for wind quintet and multiple narrators from 1951 is fanciful, somewhat like the composer's Petite Suite for solo piano. It still bites, however, and to this degree is still full of Berio's peculiarly elliptical brand of confrontation.

The wind writing is staunchly 'neo-Classical,' with its characteristically angular rhythms, transparent textures, and emotional coolness. Its four movements to texts by Rhoda Levine makes the work come across like miniature version of Stravinsky's neo-Classical pillar, the musico-theatrical The Soldier's Tale. Both Stravinsky's and Berio's work have a similar fusion of whimsy and wicked tutorial in how to stay out of trouble; these little numbers, so shiny on the surface, have a real nasty little undercurrent.

- Seth Brodsky

  • Composer
    Berio, L
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Universal Edition [UE31262]
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined

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