Sunday, April 22, 2007

Interview with American mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian (1972)

Listen to Charles Amirkhanian’s interview with the legendary mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian, which was recorded informally in her home in Milan. With birdsongs, traffic noise, and the arrival of a telegram from Luciano Berio in the background, the singer talks about her theory of the New Vocality, her approach to recitals, her upbringing and musical training, her experience working with Igor Stravinsky, and many other topics Enjoy musical exampes including excerpts from Circles, Visage, and Folksongs by Berio, Aria with Fontana Mix by John Cage, and Baroque arrangements of "Yellow Submarine", “Help”, “Yesterday”, and “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles.


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