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Luciano Berio
Voci

Kim Kashkashian viola
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Luciano Berio conductor
Robyn Schulkowsky percussion
 
Voci
Grido del venditore di pesce
Canzuna
Lamento per il Venerdi Santo
Novena di Natale
Ninna nanna
Canto Salinari
Naturale

Recorded November 1999 and May 2000
ECM New Series 1735
 
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Superb performances by Kim Kashkashian distinguish this exceptional recording, on which the violist plays Luciano Berio's "Voci" and "Naturale", masterworks inspired by Sicilian folk melodies. The compositions are connected here by authentic field recordings from Sicily, making evident some of the sources that have long fired Berio's imagination. International Record Review: "On Voci the viola is ruminative, seeming to dwell in the interior spaces of these folk melodies, to enable them to sing in a new way and so reveal their continuity with the music of late modernity....Kim Kashkashian's playing is a real joy; everything is done with unfailing conviction, intelligence and warmth. Here's a disc no one interested in the music of our time should miss."