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A disc that explores extended vocal techniques (Berio CD)

08.05.11, The Independent

Stories: Harmonia Mundi HMU 807527:

Burps, sighs and coughs. Hisses, purrs and groans. Giggles, barks, polyglot whispers and the chaste-sexy shreds of madrigals and motets cast a spell in Theatre of Voices's performance of "A-ronne".

Luciano Berio's virtuosic 1974 quintet opens a disc that explores extended vocal techniques and narrative, and closes with Cathy Berberian's rapacious "Stripsody" (1966). John Cage's "Story" (1940), meanwhile, anticipates the Sugarhill Gang in its playful rhythms.

Anna Picard