Album: Berio, Orchestral Realisations – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Gardner (Chandos)

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In a joyfully discombobulating programme, Luciano Berio's mischief-making orchestration of Mahler's "Six Early Songs" uses the Mahlerian paintbox in an almost anti-Mahlerian, jaunty fashion. "Rendering" applies a Stravinskian spritz of lemon juice to Schubert's delicate symphonic sketches.

The 1986 orchestration of Brahms's "Clarinet Sonata No 1" is the hardest to swallow, but Edward Gardner conducts with élan, highlighting the clean attack of the Bergen strings.