Friday, January 30, 2009

Berio - exactly what it says on the label


Luciano Berio's Sinfonia blends Mahler. Pierre Boulez made a definitive recording of the Sinfonia. He also warned of the dangers of third-pressing Mahler.

That was the meant to be the end of a brief Friday afternoon post. But the trouble with these pieces is that they take on a life of their own. My Google research not only uncovered the Berio olive oil TV commercial seen below. It also uncovered that Malcolm Bruce was the composer of the music used in the commercial.

Malcolm Bruce's CV lists three composition teachers. A few minutes more research uncovered yet more Berio synchronicity. One of Malcolm Bruce's teachers was Francis Shaw, who was taught by Goffredo Petrassi, whose composing style showed similarities to Berio's. Another teacher was Simon Bainbridge, who has performed the music of Berio with the Manson Ensemble. And the third teacher was Robert Saxton, who studied with Berio.



At least Malcolm Bruce didn't study with Oliver Knussen. Yet more Friday afternoon Berio connections here.

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