SOLO NON SOLO, the debut Ravello Records release of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's bass clarinetist Sauro Berti, presents contemporary works for solo bass clarinet as well as for traditional and unusual duos, including those with percussion, saxophone, narration, and electronics.
Reconciling Berti's passions for classical and jazz music, pieces such as Blue Buk and Cosmic Turtles Sidekick are inspired by the swing and improvisation of jazz while Due Pezzi Brasiliani uses two popular, distinctive Brazilian rhythms, baiao and choro, as its primary motifs. The latter work shows Berti's faculty of other woodwinds, specifically the basset horn, the instrument also employed in Adagio e Allegro. Spasm proves a remarkable piece for Berti by displaying his comfort with challenging scores, stretching the limits of his bass clarinet, and using electronic accompaniment.
An Italian native, Sauro Berti is the bass clarinetist for the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and has collaborated with some of the most important Italian orchestras including Teatro alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, RAI National Symphony Orchestra as well as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä. Among others, he has performed under Georges Prêtre, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, and Riccardo Muti.