Country of Origin United States
Description Dennis Russell Davies conducts works that breathe present life into the music of past masters. Post-performance discussion with Luciano Berio.
Claudio Monteverdi towered over his Italian colleagues in the early seventeenth century avant-garde, audaciously exploring new dramatic forms and orchestrations. In his 1624 madrigal narrative, singers relate a crusader's tale (drawn from Tasso's epic Gerusalemme Liberata) and instrumentalists set the scene with the sounds of trotting horses and clashing swords. The Piano Concerto No. 2 of Luciano Berio, the most widely recognized of post-war Italian composers, bridges the ensuing three-and-a-half centuries, with the help of the brilliant young pianist Andrea Lucchesini. And in his "rendering," a development of symphonic sketches that Franz Schubert left upon his premature death, Berio speculates on the connections between the past and the present.