Recordings of Lennox Berkeley's music

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Personent Hodie: Music for Christmas

Personent Hodie: Music for Christmas album cover
Format: CD
Label: Herald
Release date: November 2010
Catalogue no: HAVPCD362
Available from: Europadisc

The Christmas message is beautifully sung by the choir which serves the monastic community of St Benedict in Ealing. This collection contains favourites such as Coventry Carol and Away in a Manger as well as more unusual pieces, such as Bethlehem Down, Berkeley’s I Sing of a Maiden and Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin. (Synopsis by Europadisc)

Performed by the Ealing Abbey Choir & Christopher Eastwood (conductor)


Ruth album cover
Format: Digital download
Label: MPLive
Release date: November 2010
Catalogue no: LM 7418
Available from: Classical Shop

Only one recording of Lennox Berkeley's gentle, pastoral one-act opera has been previously released, indicating a neglect of appreciation for its understated but deeply felt dramatic core and long lyrical lines that this release may hopefully address and correct.

That modern recording was made in the studio; here is a record of a full and lively production, and indeed the very first, marshalled with calm authority in the pit by Charles (later Sir Charles) Mackerras, whose death robbed the world of music of a true man for all seasons. Some of his many enthusiasms may be appreciated here; for English music; for new music; for opera; for working with the best singers of the day and at the same time nurturing young voices.

This performance as broadcast is introduced and linked with narrative interludes by Lord Harewood KBE, who did so much to foster the performance and wider appreciation of opera in the decades after the Second World War. (Synopsis by MPLive)

Performed by the English Opera Group Orchestra & Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Hail, Gladdening Light

Hail, Gladdening Light album cover
Format: CD
Label: York Ambisonic
Release date: November 2010
Catalogue no: YORK 212

Performed by the Choir of St. Giles Cathedral & Michael Harris (conductor)

Songs of Yesterday

Songs of Yesterday album cover
Format: CD
Label: BIS
Release date: October 2010
Catalogue no: BIS-CD-1785

On 'Songs of Yesterday', Dan Laurin opens up an unfamiliar chapter in the history of recorder music: between 1939 and 1989 Carl Dolmetsch, the great pioneer in modern recorder playing, gave almost annual recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, for which he often commissioned works with piano or harpsichord accompaniment. This is described in the informative liner notes by Andrew Mayes, who has also published a book on the subject. In his own introduction to the disc, Laurin remarks upon 'Dolmetsch's ability to inspire composers to search for a contemporary idiom adequate for the instrument, resulting in an unparalleled number of top-quality works which unfortunately have been largely forgotten.' Among these, written by composers such as Edmund Rubbra and Lennox Berkeley, Laurin and his partner Anna Paradiso have selected seven pieces which, to quote Laurin once more, give his instrument a rare opportunity to 'sing like a French impressionist (Ravel, Debussy!) or a Russian modernist (Prokofiev!) - all of whom can be heard through the filter of this English, post-First World War melancholy longing.' (Synopsis by Bis Records)

Performed by Anna Paradiso (piano) & Dan Laurin (recorder)

English Choral Music

English Choral Music album cover
Format: CD
Label: Heritage Records
Release date: October 2010
Catalogue no: HTGCD213

Cambridge University Chamber Choir performs three twentieth-century English song cycles for mixed choir, including the rarely-recorded A Garland for the Queen. A Garland was composed to commemorate the Queen’s coronation in 1953 by a selection of the finest English composers including Finzi, Bliss, Bax, Tippett, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Ireland. The two works by Benjamin Britten, AMDG and Sacred and Profane, are virtuoso show pieces for mixed choir. (Synopsis by Heritage Records)

Performed by the Cambridge University Chamber Choir

Katherine Bryan - Liebermann Flute Concerto and works by Hüe, Poulenc & Nielsen

Katherine Bryan - Liebermann Flute Concerto and works by Hüe, Poulenc & Nielsen album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Linn Records
Release date: September 2010
Catalogue no: CKD 367

Young flautist Katherine Bryan is rapidly confirming her place as one of Britain's bright musical stars of the future. For her recital debut the in-demand concerto soloist performs a selection of 20th century concertos, including the Poulenc Flute Sonata orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley, and the rarely recorded Liebermann Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. (Linn Records)

Performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Katherine Bryan (flute) & Paul Daniel (conductor)

Benjamin Britten Conducts Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten Conducts Benjamin Britten album cover
Format: CD
Label: Hänssler Classic
Release date: September 2010
Catalogue no: CD 94.213

While many recordings of Britten the 'composer-as-conductor' are available, this new recording features a program of works not previously available on CD. That is valid particularly for the Symphonic Suite from "Gloriana" as well as the rarely performed 'Variations on an Elizabethan Theme', including Lennox Berkeley's variation (Sellinger's Round). Both are works inspired by the music of earlier generations of English music - a rare and interesting document of musical importance. Also included are several smaller, but highly enjoyable reworkings of earlier works from England's Golden Age of composers. All the recordings presented here are studio recordings, except the 'Three Pieces for String Orchestra', which is the only work that Britten recorded live with the RSO Stuttgart. (Synopsis by Hänssler Classic)

Performed by Benjamin Britten (conductor)

Edmund Rubbra, Lennox Berkeley & Franz Reizenstein

Edmund Rubbra, Lennox Berkeley & Franz Reizenstein album cover
Format: CD
Label: Dutton Vocalion
Release date: July 2010
Catalogue no: CDLX 7232

Performed by Lennox Berkeley (piano) and Frederick Grinke (violin). This remaster of the Sonatina was originally recorded in London in May 1954. The CD also includes Edmund Rubbra's Sonata no. 2 for Violin & Piano op. 31 (1932) and Franz Reizenstein's Prologue, Variations and Finale for Violin & Piano op.12 (1937).

Lennox Berkeley Chamber Music

Lennox Berkeley Chamber Music album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Naxos
Release date: April 2010
Catalogue no: 8.572288

Performed by Raphael Terroni (piano), Stephen Stirling (horn), Morgan Goff (viola), Susanne Stanzeleit (flute), Patrick Williams (flute), Melanie Ragg (oboe), Neyire Ashworth (clarinet) & Adam Mackenzie (bassoon)

Three Pieces for Solo Viola

Three Pieces for Solo Viola album cover
Format: Digital download
Label: Naxos
Release date: March 2010

Performed by Morgan Goff (viola)

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