Recordings of Lennox Berkeley's music

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Music for the Queen of Heaven: contemporary Marian motets

Music for the Queen of Heaven: contemporary Marian motets album cover
Format: CD
Label: Delphian Records
Release date: October 2017
Catalogue no: DCD34190

The Marian Consort originally made its name with the music of the Renaissance. But the group has also worked regularly with living composers for a number of years. This programme of contemporary Marian anthems - many of them commissioned by the ensemble - celebrates a living, developing tradition where the new is always informed by the old, casting fresh, vital light on these ancient words. Includes 'Regina coeli laetare' (No. 3 of Three Latin Motets op. 83/1 by Lennox Berkeley)

Performed by the Marian Consort & Rory McCleery (conductor)

Guitar Recital by Xianji Liu

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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

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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

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Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Aparte Music
Release date: May 2017
Catalogue no: AP140

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

¡Viva Segovia!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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)

Edmund Rubbra: The Complete Chamber Music & Songs with Harp

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Format: CD
Label: Lyrita
Release date: April 2016
Catalogue no: SRCD353

This album comprises the complete chamber music & songs with harp by Edmund Rubbra, plus two other works for solo harp, Berkeley's Nocturne of 1967 and Howells' Prelude No 1 of 1951. The harpist is Danielle Perrett who recalls that the Berkeley piece was written for the brilliant teenage harpist Hannah Francis, and notes that it is a delightful work not often performed,'which is a pity, as it is fully characteristic of the composer'. The Executive Producer of this new disc was Adrian Yardley (a son of Rubbra, and a member of the Berkeley Society), who writes about the Catholic links between Rubbra and Berkeley in the 2016 Berkeley Society Journal. (Synopsis by Tony Scotland)

Performed by Danielle Perrett (harp)

British Harpsichord Music

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Label: Naxos
Release date: April 2016
Catalogue no: 8573668

This recording includes Berkeley's two early pieces for harpsichord, written for his friend Vere Pilkington while both were still at Oxford in the 1920s: Mr Pilkington's Toye and For Vere. They are played by the young Welsh harpsichordist, Christopher D. Lewis, who is studying Berkeley's harpsichord music as part of his PhD programme at Southampton University; he writes about this in the 2016 issue of the Berkeley Society Journal. The Berkeley works come in a compilation of modern British harpsichord music, with works by Herbert Howells, John Jeffreys and Gavin Bryars, on Naxos 8573668. (Synopsis by Tony Scotland)

Performed by Christopher Lewis (harpsichord)

The Evening Hour: British Choral Music from the 16th and 20th Centuries

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Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Signum
Release date: February 2016
Catalogue no: SIGCD446

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge’s new release on Signum blends a selection of ancient and modern works from the 16th and 20th Centuries, all centred on the theme of evening.

Performed by the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge & Mark Wilson (conductor)

Music for Solo Piano and Piano Duet

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Format: CD
Label: Naxos
Release date: December 2015
Catalogue no: 8.571369

The piano was Lennox Berkeley’s own instrument and his piano works represent a microcosm of his very best compositional talents. Influenced harmonically by French models, his music is suffused with lyricism and subtle harmonies. The Sonata, Op. 20 possesses a particularly haunting beauty in its slow movement, while simple but distinctive melodic and rhythmic ideas permeate the Six Preludes, Op. 23 and Five Short Pieces, Op. 4. The Theme and Variations, Op. 73, recorded here for the first time, offers a favourite Berkeley vehicle for conveying a highly individual and personal language. (Synopsis by Naxos)

Performed by Raphael Terroni (piano) & Norman Beedie (piano)

French Connections

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Format: CD
Label: Linn Records
Release date: November 2015
Catalogue no: CKD477

The breadth of repertoire on French Connections showcases Ainsley's range, expansive vocal colour, expressive voice and exceptional understanding of text. Accompanying Ainsley is Malcolm Martineau, to whom Heggie's Friendly Persuasions is dedicated.

The American composer pays homage to Poulenc with four imaginative songs, each of which recreates in miniature a transformative friendship in Poulenc's life. In 2008 Ainsley and Martineau gave the world premiere performance of Friendly Persuasions at Wigmore Hall, London.

The recital also includes three works by Poulenc: Fancy, Bleuet and Tel jour telle nuit, a beautifully conceived and shaped cycle; considered Poulenc's greatest vocal work it is reminiscent of the great cycles of a century earlier such as Winterreise or Dichterliebe.

Despite French heritage and fluency in the language Berkeley's friendship with Britten led him to set verse by the English poet, W.H. Auden instead. His Five Poems are some of the best of their kind; a cohesive and satisfying collection, Berkeley perfectly captures both the fanciful and reflective elements of Auden's poetry.

Auden in turn re-introduced Britten to the works of John Donne, which Britten went on to set in his Holy Sonnets; darkly moving and highly demanding, they are among his finest work. (Synopsis by Linn Records)

Performed by Malcolm Martineau (piano) & John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Chamber Music for Horn, Violin and Piano

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Format: CD
Label: Centaur Records
Release date: October 2015
Catalogue no: CRC 3399

Performed by Bruce Bonnell (horn), Hai-Xin Wu (violin) & Zhihua Tang (piano)

Between the Worlds

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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

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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

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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)

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