Berio: Sinfonia (EP)
Released: Jul 2012
Did this 2005 release need a reissue? Probably not. But on the merits, Deutsche Grammophon is right to include this title in its set of 20th century masterpieces released under its famed yellow label. For decades, Pierre Boulez had the last word on Luciano Berio's "Sinfonia," for orchestra and eight amplified singers -- but this recording is brisker and has greater bite. The third movement is Berio's version of a sampler's paradise (Debussy, Stravinsky and others are mixed with Mahler). Jaw-dropping upon its premiere in the late '60s, it's still a dizzying display of orchestral postmodernism.