Elizabeth Kerr says Berio's "use of theatricality and virtuosity, the frequent focus on text, poetry and folk material and the sheer expressiveness of his music suggest that his Italian nationality and heritage were never far away."
Listen to hear a range of Berio's works, including those which show the rapport between the composer and singer Cathy Beberian, his muse both before and after their marriage.
BERIO: Ballo - Cathy Berberian (RCA 09026 62540)
BERIO: Sequenza V for trombone - Benny Sluchin (tbn) (DG 457 038)
BERIO: Thema (Hommage to Joyce) - Cathy Berberian (speaker) (RCA 09026 68302)
BERIO: Riverly is a flower, from Circles - Cathy Berberian (voice), Francis Pierre (harp), Jean Pierre Drouet, Jean Claude Casadesus (perc) (Wergo WER 6021)
BERIO: Sequenza VI for viola - Christophe Desjardins (vla) (DG 457 038)
BERIO: Sinfonia, mvt 3 - London Voices, Gothenburg SO/ Péter Eötvös (DG 477 5380)
BERIO: Come ascend the ladder, from Coro - Cologne Radio Chorus & SO/ Luciano Berio (DG 471 587)
BERIO: Stanze, last mvt - Dietrich Henschel (bar), French Army Chorus, Paris Orch (Ondine ODE 1059)