Recordings of Lennox Berkeley's music

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Guitar Recital by Xianji Liu

Guitar Recital by Xianji Liu album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Naxos
Release date: August 2017
Catalogue no: 8.573813

When Xianji Liu became the first Chinese-born winner of the prestigious Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition in 2016, a new star emerged in the world of the classical guitar. Spanning the centuries and crossing the globe from Argentina to Britain, his recital includes some of the most beguiling and evocative pieces ever written for the instrument as well as four transcriptions so idiomatic to the guitar that they sound utterly natural on the six plucked strings. (Synopsis by Naxos Records)

Performed by Xianji Lui (guitar)

Dreams and Fancies

Dreams and Fancies album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Delphian Records
Release date: July 2017
Catalogue no: DCD34193

Barely half a century ago, the guitar was such a rarity in the concert hall that even an outstanding player like Julian Bream was remarkable as a pioneer as much as for his exceptional technique and musicality. Today, by contrast, the field is richly populated - thanks not only to Bream’s own inspiring example to younger players but also to the vastly increased repertoire, so much of which he also instigated.

Yet even in this new heyday for the instrument, Sean Shibe - whose full album debut here nests among four of those Bream-commissioned works a clutch of Dowland pieces from a previous Elizabethan Golden Age - stands out as a truly uncommon talent. ‘I want to hear his interpretation of Britten’s Nocturnal over and over,’ wrote David Nice in an awed recent concert review. ‘This, for me, is the definitive performance.’ [synopsis by Delphian]

Performed by Sean Shibe (guitar)

A British Promenade

A British Promenade album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Aparte Music
Release date: May 2017
Catalogue no: AP140

Performed by Michael Bennett (tenor) & Sandrine Chatron (harp)

¡Viva Segovia!

¡Viva Segovia! album cover
Format: CD
Label: Reference Recordings
Release date: May 2017
Catalogue no: FR-723

Performed by Roberto Moronn Perez (guitar)

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Twentieth Century Music for Violin & Piano

Twentieth Century Music for Violin & Piano album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Lyrita
Release date: February 2017
Catalogue no: SRCD359

This issue presents a programme of British works for violin and piano from the first half of the twentieth century. Premieres include Thomas Pitfield's Sonata No. 1 and smaller scale works by C.W. Orr, Cyril Scott, and Percy M. Young. Doreen Carwithen's Sonata is the programme's centrepiece, and works by John Ireland, Lennox Berkeley, Frederick Delius complete the disc.

Performed by Fenella Humphrey (violin) & Nathan Williamson (piano)

A Voice from Heaven

A Voice from Heaven album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Vivat
Release date: October 2016
Catalogue no: VIVAT113
Available from: Presto Classical

A beautifully themed collection of fourteen of the finest unaccompanied British choral masterpieces of the last 125 years performed by award-winning Choir of The King's Consort.

The fascinating mix of familiar and unfamiliar includes five 'paired' settings: William Harris's classic 1959 'Bring us, O Lord God' partnered by James MacMillan’s 2010 setting of the same words; Herbert Howells' devastatingly poignant 'Take him, earth, for cherishing' (in memory of the slain President Kennedy) juxtaposed with John Tavener’s 2008 response to the same text; 'Justorum animae' ('The souls of the righteous') in versions by Lennox Berkeley, Charles Villiers Stanford and Herbert Murrill; heartfelt settings of 'Drop, drop, slow tears' by Kenneth Leighton and Thomas Hewitt Jones; and Stanford’s beautifully crafted 'I heard a voice from Heaven' coupled with Herbert Howell's exquisite, mystical setting of the same words.

The collection is completed with three impressive single works: Parry’s valedictory 'Lord, let me know mine end', William Harris’s masterwork 'Faire is the Heaven', and a stunningly powerful recording of John Tavener's 'Song for Athene', which sprang to global fame when performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Recorded in the well-nigh perfect acoustic of St Jude’s Church, London, by the award-winning production team of David Hinitt and Adrian Peacock.

Extensive presentation includes 64 page booklet with authoritative liner note in three languages by conductor Robert King, together with full sung texts and session photographs.

Performed by the Choir of the King's Consort & Robert King (conductor)

British Symphonies

British Symphonies album cover
Format: CD
Label: Lyrita
Release date: September 2016
Catalogue no: SRCD2355

“It is impossible to overstate the debt we owe to the late Richard Itter and his Lyrita record label for promoting and, in many cases, reviving British music. This four-disc set is devoted to British symphonies mostly written in the first half of the 20th century, nearly all of which have been totally ignored both by the major record labels and concert promoters both at home and abroad… With concise yet thoroughly researched and informative booklet notes by Paul Conway, this is a very significant release which really deserves to be snapped up by everyone, not least those who still cling to the discredited belief that when it comes to composing symphonies, Britain has always been in the second division.” Marc Rochester, musicweb-international.com

Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Lennox Berkeley (conductor)

British Now!

British Now! album cover
Format: CD
Label: MDG
Release date: August 2016
Catalogue no: 912 1944.6
Available from: Socadisc

The program on this remarkable record includes the 'Simple Symphony' Op.4 by Britten (1913-1976) in four movements, which owes its title to the fact that the composer used themes composed between nine and twelve. 'Antiphon' for Orchestra Op.85 by Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) is in two movements. 'In Nomine (after Purcell)' by Gavin Bryars (1943-) precedes the concluding work 'When Ingrid met Capa' by Michael Nyman (1944-), recounting the meeting of the actress Ingrid Bergman and photographer Robert Capa. (Synopsis by Jean-Jacques Millo)

Performed by the Dogma Chamber Orchestra & Mikhail Gurewitsch (conductor)

Berkeley: Stabat Mater, Batter My Heart, Magnificat

Berkeley: Stabat Mater, Batter My Heart, Magnificat album cover
Format: CD
Label: Lyrita
Release date: August 2016
Catalogue no: REAM1129
Available from: MusicWeb International

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Stabat Mater: Sacred Choral Music by Lennox & Michael Berkeley

Stabat Mater: Sacred Choral Music by Lennox & Michael Berkeley album cover
Format: CD
Label: Delphian Records
Release date: July 2016
Catalogue no: DCD34180
Available from: Presto Classical

Lennox Berkeley’s Stabat Mater derives from one of the most fertile and inspired periods of his compositional life. A masterpiece, and until now the last of his major works to go unrecorded, it was written for a concert tour by his close friend Benjamin Britten’s English Opera Group; hence the unusual but effective scoring for six solo voices and twelve instrumentalists. Delphian artists The Marian Consort - with five acclaimed discs of early music to their credit - now show their versatility in a cappella and accompanied music by both Lennox and his son Michael Berkeley. They are partnered in the larger works by the Berkeley Ensemble, whose performances are enriched by their intimate knowledge of these composers’ music. The same can be said of conductor David Wordsworth, who has known and worked with both composers, and who here realises a long-cherished ambition to direct this important addition to the catalogue. (Synopsis by Delphian/Presto Classical)

Performed by the Marian Consort, Berkeley Ensemble & David Wordsworth (conductor)

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