L. Berio/S. Rattle & CBSO: Sinfonia. III Scherzo (i)





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Published on Jul 7, 2010

This is the first part of the complex scherzo of this sinfonia, which is based on the scherzo movement of Gustav Mahler's symphony nº2, known as Resurrection.
This movement is famous for the musical quotations that Berio used in its construction: * Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra, fourth movement (violent opening scale played by the brass) * A brief quotation of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 (Mahler) just before..... * Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, third movement (the only quotation that is ongoing) * Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, flute solo from the Pantomime * Berlioz's idée fixe from the Symphonie Fantastique (played by the clarinets) * Ravel's La Valse (orchestra plays octave motif with piccolo playing a chromatic scale) * Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps (the "Dance of the Earth" sequence at the end of the first tableux) * Stravinsky's Agon (upper oboe part from the "Double pas de quatre") * Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier (one of the waltzes composed for the opera) * a chorale by Johann Sebastian Bach * Alban Berg's Wozzeck (the drowning scene late in the third act) * Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony, second movement (melody stated with the clarinets) * (Schoenberg segment quoted again) * Debussy's La Mer, second movement "Jeux de vagues" * Boulez's Pli Selon Pli, very first chord of the entire piece from the first movement ("Don") * Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gruppen for three orchestras (during the introductions of the vocalists near the end)
Berio also used texts by Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and from street graffitti.

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