Magnificathy - The Many Voices of Cathy Berberian (1993)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 141 MB
Cathy Berberian (Attleboro, Massachusetts, July 4 1925 - Rome, Italy, March 6 1983) was a composer, mezzo-soprano singer, and vocalist. From 1950 to 1966 she was married to Luciano Berio, who deconstructed her voice in Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)
(1958) and wrote his Circles
(1960) and Recital I (for Cathy)
(1972) for her. In addition, she worked in close collaboration with Sylvano Bussotti, John Cage, Hans Werner Henze and Igor Stravinsky. In this CD, Berberian exploits her groundbreaking, sometimes eardrum-shattering, vocal prowess to produce invariably astonishing results. This is particularly evident in the compositions by John Cage and Sylvano Bussotti as well as Berberian's own infamous "Stripsody." It is in these three pieces that this album serves up the filet mignon, although the Debussy songs and a Kurt Weill piece are quite a treat as well.