Recordings of Lennox Berkeley's music

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Between the Worlds

Between the Worlds album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Release date: September 2015
Available from: Amazon USA

First audio CD by German classical guitarist Katrin Endrikat with works by A. Barrios, A.Tansman, J.S.Bach and others. A beautiful selection of original pieces and arranged works for classical guitar.

Performed by Katrin Endrikat (guitar)

Works for String Orchestra

Works for String Orchestra album cover
Format: CD
Label: Lyrita
Release date: July 2015
Catalogue no: REAM1117

"Let us composers, too, remember what Boyd Neel has done for us. Not only has he asked for and used new music but – here's the difference – he has used it many times. If Boyd Neel and his orchestra like and believe in new music, they play it over and over again until the audience get used to it and begin to like it too; not for it a first performance and then the dusty shelf." This heartfelt tribute was written by Benjamin Britten, whose 'Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge' was written for the Boyd Neel Orchestra and premiered by them at the 1937 Salzburg Festival, thereby cementing the international reputation of both composer and performers. The off-air recording of a BBC Third Programme broadcast from 31 January 1961 featured on this disc offers further evidence of the debt composers working in Britain owed to Neel. (Synopsis by Lyrita)

Performed by the London Chamber Orchestra & Anthony Bernard (conductor)

Guitar Recital by Ekachai Jearakul

Guitar Recital by Ekachai Jearakul album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Naxos
Release date: June 2015
Catalogue no: 8.573481

In 2014 Ekachai Jearakul became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (GFA). Winner of numerous awards and an international artist, he has selected a recital that takes the listener on a journey from the baroque beauties of Weiss through nineteenth-century classics by Mertz and Legnani, concluding with three modern compositions influenced by jazz. (Synopsis by Naxos)

Performed by Ekachai Jearakul (guitar)

For the Wings of a Dove: Music for Supplication and Hope

For the Wings of a Dove: Music for Supplication and Hope album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Orchard Classics
Release date: April 2015
Catalogue no: ORC100046

This recording concludes with a setting of one of the best-known psalm texts, 'The Lord is my Shepherd'. Composed in 1975 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Chichester Cathedral, the music by Lennox Berkeley has a directness and simplicity that belies its harmonic subtlety. A sense of confidence and security is created by the strong tonal centre (on G major) which casts into greater relief the dissonances that Berkeley uses to depict ‘the valley of the shadow of death’. As in Mendelssohn’s ‘Hear my prayer’, the division of text between soloist and chorus captures both the personal and the universal nature of the psalmist’s text. (Synopsis (c) Silas Wollston, 2014)

Performed by the Choir of Queen's College Cambridge & Silas Wollston (conductor)

Lennox Berkeley: Chamber Works

Lennox Berkeley: Chamber Works album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Resonus Classics
Release date: March 2015
Catalogue no: RES10149

Following their acclaimed debut recording (Clarion Call - RES10127), the Berkeley Ensemble returns with a programme of chamber works by the British composer Lennox Berkeley, one of the two composers (father and son) after whom the group gets its name.

Featuring a number of world premiere recordings, the ensemble presents a selection of works that covers most of Berkeley’s creative life from the early Francophile clarinet 'Sonatine' written in Paris while a student of Nadia Boulanger to the inventive 'Introduction and Allegro' for double bass and piano. Also featured are the 'Three solo pieces' for viola and the large scale 'String Trio' Op. 19 and 'Sextet' Op. 47 for clarinet, horn and string quartet, and the emotive miniature 'In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky'. (Synopsis by Resonus)

This recording is supported by a grant from the Lennox Berkeley Society.

Performed by the Berkeley Ensemble

Kathleen Ferrier and Sir John Barbirolli

Kathleen Ferrier and Sir John Barbirolli album cover
Format: CD
Label: Barbirolli Society
Release date: March 2015
Catalogue no: SJB 1080

Lennox Berkeley had written Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila in 1947 for contralto and string orchestra, expressly for Ferrier. As it was his first solo vocal work, Berkeley consulted with Ferrier during its composition, recalling that ‘she put herself at the service of the music.’ She gave the first broadcast performance at the end of April 1948 with the Arnold Goldsbrough Orchestra, and this subsequent performance from November 1949 under Barbirolli reveals the insight of both artists with music of their British contemporaries, more so perhaps as Ferrier never recorded the work commercially. (Synopsis by Barbirolli Society)

Performed by the Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor) & Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Nocturnes

Nocturnes album cover
Format: Digital download
Label: Pro Studio Masters
Release date: March 2015

Since the beginning of time, the night and its mysteries have inspired poets and musicians. Rupert Charlesworth, one of the UK’s most promising young tenors, is joined at the piano by Edwige Herchenroder for this recital that includes English songs, French melodies and Lieder, all about the nighttime. Ranging from the known (Schubert, Brahms, Fauré) to the lesser known (Bax, Finzi, Berkeley), Charlesworth and Herchenroder embark on this fascinating nocturnal promenade through diverse aesthetics, troubling atmospheres and profoundly contrasting emotions; their ode to the night. Includes no. 4. 'Eyes look into the well' and no. 5. 'Carry her over the water' from 'Five Poems' op. 53, and no. 5. 'Silver' from 'Five Poems' op. 26. (Synopsis by Pro Studio Masters)

Performed by Rupert Charlesworth (tenor) & Edwige Herchenroder (piano)

Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2

Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2 album cover
Format: Digital download
Label: Resonus Classics
Release date: November 2014
Catalogue no: RES10138

Following on from the universal critical acclaim of their first album with Resonus (This Christmas Night - RES10113), the Choir of Worcester College, Oxford - under the direction of Stephen Farr - return with a second album of contemporary Christmas Carols.

Entitled Nowell sing we, this new selection contains works from a wide variety of celebrated composers including Gabriel Jackson, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lennox Berkeley, Colin Matthews, Francis Pott, Edmund Rubbra, Richard Rodney Bennett & Herbert Howells among many others, with no fewer than nine world premieres. Also featured throughout the programme are the seven O Antiphon Preludes for solo organ by Nico Muhly, performed here by Stephen Farr on the organ of Keble College, Oxford. (Synopsis by Resonus Classics)

Performed by the Worcester College Choir & Stephen Farr (conductor)

James Galway Collection: Lennox Berkeley Complete Works for Flute

James Galway Collection: Lennox Berkeley Complete Works for Flute album cover
Format: Digital download
Label: RCA
Release date: October 2014
Available from: Amazon USA

Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lennox Berkeley (conductor), James Galway (flute) & Phillip Moll (piano)

British Piano Concertos

British Piano Concertos album cover
Format: CD
Label: Lyrita
Release date: September 2014
Catalogue no: SRCD2345

A set of 'British Piano Concertos' compiled from the Lyrita catalogue is a very tempting proposition…[the] sound is consistently excellent, the notes are informative and at a budget price, it's an extremely attractive way of acquiring a lot of unusual repertoire. (Review by Record Review, March 2015)

Performed by the New Philharmonia Orchestra, Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor) & David Wilde (piano)

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