|AGP83 is our third
devoted to music by Luciano Berio. I didn't include these
transcriptions in the two earlier installments (AGP26 and AGP27)
because the compositions are available in other recordings. It has
since been pointed out to me that these are the only recordings of
these works conducted by the composer, and so have documentary value
that other available recordings do not. The Sinfonia recording is
interesting in that only four of an eventual five movements had been
composed at the time. The absence of the fifth and final movement may
account for why this excellent rendition has never been re-issued on
CD. Recordings of Berio conducting many of his other works are
available on CD, and I strongly encourage you to get them.
The installment includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from the two LPs (Columbia MS 7268 and RCA LSC-3189) from which these recordings were transcribed. Both recordings are rich and detailed. The transcription of Sinfonia is very clean. The transcription of Epifanie has some light, periodic pressing noise in the middle, one or two blemishes that were not entirely removed by declicking, and some mild tracking distortion in the last few minutes (not surprising, given that almost 30 minutes were crammed into one LP side). But overall it's delightful.
AGP83 files, right-click on each of the following links and select SAVE
Liner notes from LPs