Theatre of Voices – Paul Hillier – Stories: Berio And Friends {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier – Stories: Berio And Friends
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,50 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,04 GB | Full Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Harmonia Mundi USA # HMU 807527 | Country/Year: Europe 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary, Experimental

This collection of works for unaccompanied voices is bookended by works by singer Cathy Berberian and composer Luciano Berio, who were once married to each other. John Cage’s Story is a movement of his percussion quartet Living Room Music, while Young Turtle Asymmetries is by Cage’s pupil Jackson Mac Low and Roger Marsh’s Not a Soul But Ourselves is set to a text by James Joyce. Usually done solo, Berberian’s Stripsody, with its score consisting solely of cartoons, is sung here by a trio and must be heard to be believed.

“There’s also plenty of humor in the Cage, which gets a little bit of swing in this performance, making it a very catchy number, and in Sheldon Frank’s ‘As I was Saying.’ The group’s director, Paul Hillier, takes a solo on the latter, hamming it up with a low-rent accent in this compilation of the sounds people make when they’re vamping.”—Opera News

“Burps, sighs and coughs. Hisses, purrs and groans. Giggles, barks, polyglot whispers and the chaste-sexy shreds of madrigals and motets cast a spell in Theatre of Voices’s performance of ‘A-ronne’. Luciano Berio’s virtuosic 1974 quintet opens a disc that explores extended vocal techniques and narrative, and closes with Cathy Berberian’s rapacious ‘Stripsody’ (1966). John Cage’s ‘Story’ (1940), meanwhile, anticipates the Sugarhill Gang in its playful rhythms.”—The Independent

SACD Info:

Theater of Voices – Paul Hillier – Stories: Berio And Friends

Label: Harmonia Mundi USA
Catalog#: HMU 807527
Format: Hybrid-SACD, Album, Stereo, Multichannel
Country: Europe
Released: 2011
Genre: Classical
Style: Contemporary, Experimental


1 Luciano Berio     A-Ronne 27:17
2 John Cage     Story 4:54
3 Jackson Mac Low     Young Turtle Assymetries 3:18
4 Roger Marsh     Not A Soul But Ourselves 14:57
5 Sheldon Frank     As I Was Saying 4:52
6 Cathy Berberian     Stripsody 11:20

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