Three pieces by three great composer/performers. Side one consists of Luciano Berio's Circles for voice, harp, and two percussionists on a poem by e.e.cummings . Side two is split between Sylvano Bussotti's Frammento , a piece for piano and voice; followed with John Cage's Aria With Fontana Mix which ( as I am sure you know or you wouldn't be reading this ) is a variation on what is possibly one of the greatest and most influential pieces from the avant garde of the late fifties ; Fontana Mix. All singing on album is performed by " the voice of Cathy Berberian".
LPs originally released in the 1960s and 70s on composer Earle Brown's own label, there is something hit and miss about this compilation. The outstanding disc here, from both a musical and historical point of view, is the first, containing performances by the mezzo soprano Cathy Berberian of works composed especially for her. There's the e e cummings setting, Circles, by Berberian's then husband Luciano Berio, alongside John Cage's Aria with Fontana Mix, and Sylvano Bussotti's Frammento, all wonderful examples of Berberian's astonishing virtuosity and imagination.
Text of 1st work by E.E. Cummings. The 2nd work is actually the piece Voix de femme from the Pièces de
Chair II, and was originally for voice and orchestra. "Fontana mix and Aria ... are two separate pieces, although capable of being performed simultaneously as has been done and recorded here"-- Container.
- Cathy Berberian, soprano ;
- Francis Pierre, harp (1st work) ;
- Jean Pierre Drouet, Boris de Vinogradov, percussion (1st work) ;
- Luciano Berio, piano (2nd work).
- Cathy Berberian, Performer
- Francis Pierre, Performer
- Jean-Pierre Drouet, Performer
- Boris de Vinogradov, Performer
- Luciano Berio, 1925-2003 Performer
- Bussotti, Sylvano. Pièces de chair, no. 2. Voix de femme; arr.
- Cage, John. Arias, voice.
- Cage, John. Fontana mix.