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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

James Galway: the Man with the Golden Flute

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Format: CD
Label: Sony Masterworks
Release date: September 2014

James Galway is universally regarded as the supreme interpreter of classical flute repertoire, but his playing also crosses over into all musical genres. Now for the first time ever, in celebration of his 75 birthday, all of Sir James recordings for RCA Red Seal are being issued together in a single box set, The Complete RCA Album Collection. Born in Belfast, Galway studied in London and Paris and enjoyed a prestigious orchestral career in London before taking up the coveted position of principle flute with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. Galway left Berlin to pursue a solo career that has made him one of the iconic musical figures of modern times. His recordings have sold over 30 million copies and have won numerous awards.

In a career spanning four decades, this collection features every important concerto and solo music piece composed for the flute including all Lennox Berkeley's flute works, Pachelbel's Canon, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusic, Clair de lune, Flight of the Bumblebee and much more. The box set also features traditional favorites from the Britain and America, including Danny Boy and Amazing Grace, great hits from Broadway and Hollywood, music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Henry Mancini and Elton John, plus Christmas carols from all over the world. The beautifully designed box features a hardcover bound book and two performance DVDs including James Galway and the Chieftains in Ireland.

(Synopsis: Amazon)

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

A Clarinet Collection

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Format: Digital download
Label: Deborah de Graaff
Release date: December 2013
Available from: iTunes

Performed by Deborah de Graaff (clarinet)

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In the Bleak Midwinter

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Format: CD
Label: Llanfair Singers
Release date: December 2013
Available from: Llanfair Singers, Knighton Email: graham.trew1@btinternet.com

Performed by the Llanfair Singers

The Merton Collection

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Format: CD
Label: Delphian Records
Release date: November 2013
Catalogue no: DCD34129

In 2014, Merton College in Oxford celebrates its 750th year. Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips' specially conceived programme journeys through three quarters of a millennium of choral repertoire. Not just a demonstration of this accomplished ensemble’s versatility, the recording also provides a bird's-eye view of some important moments in musical history, and features two composers - John Dunstaple and Lennox Berkeley - associated with the College as well as three works specially commissioned for the anniversary celebrations. The choir, a relatively recent addition to this illustrious college’s complement of treasures, gives stylish and committed performances in the famous acoustic of Merton’s chapel. The Berkeley work included is Veni sponsa Christi, the second of the Three Latin Motets, op. 83/1. (Synopsis by Delphian Records)

Performed by the Merton College Chapel Choir

Kyuhee Park Guitar Recital

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Format: CD
Label: Naxos
Release date: October 2013
Catalogue no: 8.573225

The brilliant young guitarist Kyuhee Park, winner of the 2010 Agustín Barrios and 2012 Alhambra International Guitar competitions, has crafted a recital that focuses on a sequence of sonatas and a quartet of evocative character pieces. The three Scarlatti sonatas exude dance, lyricism and virtuosity respectively, whilst Anton Diabelli’s engaging Sonata in A, heard in Julian Bream’s arrangement, is one of the relatively few extended guitar works of the Classical period. Lennox Berkeley’s Sonatina is both elegant and complex. After Malats’ popular encore piece Serenata Española and Barrios’ sublime Un Sueño en la Floresta and Chopin-inspired Vals, the recital concludes with Lopez’s richly varied Impresiones y paisajes, inspired by Lorca’s first book. (Synopsis by Naxos)

Performed by Kyuhee Park (guitar)

Britten the Performer: Complete Decca Recordings

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Format: CD
Release date: September 2013
Catalogue no: 0289 478 5672 6

This 27-CD set brings together for the first time Britten's complete Decca recordings as pianist and conductor in which he performs music by other composers - an astonishing variety of music that ranges from large-scale choral works by Bach and Purcell to Schumann and Elgar, as well as orchestral works by Mozart, Haydn and Schubert. Solo vocal repertory is generously represented with important works by Schubert and Schumann and early twentieth-century English song. Chamber music features Britten the pianist in partnership with two of Brittens closest collaborators: Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter.

During the research and preparation for this set a major discovery was made. The existence of a few unpublished Schubert songs was already known and a few works which had never appeared on CD already ensured their inclusion at the planning stage. However the discovery of an unpublished tape containing almost 50 minutes of Mozart (including Symphony No.40) with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded in Kingsway Hall in December 1963 was a genuine once in a lifetime discovery! (Synopsis by Amazon)

The Day Thou Gavest

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Format: CD
Label: Herald
Release date: August 2013
Catalogue no: HAVPCD383

Evensong, a peaceful and reflective service built on the ancient monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, form the backbone of the work of many choral foundations, and is offered daily at Chichester Cathedral. This is a disc of the wonderful pieces of music performed regularly in the Chichester Cathedral.

Performed by the Choir of Chichester Cathedral

Great Works for Flute and Orchestra

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Format: CD & Digital download
Label: BIS
Release date: July 2013
Catalogue no: BIS1679

Sharon Bezaly's latest disc includes two central works from the repertoire for flute and orchestra – the concertos by Carl Nielsen and Carl Reinecke – as well as less often heard gems, such as Cécile Chaminade's melodious Concertino and Charles T. Griffes’ Poem, with its distinctive harmonies and colourful writing. The programme also includes a true rarity in Tchaikovsky’s youthful Largo and Allegro for flute and strings, written while the composer was still a student at the St Petersburg Conservatory. Poulenc's Sonata is of course one of the most popular pieces in the flute repertoire of the 20th century, but it is here performed in an unusual version for flute and orchestra, orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley, a friend of Poulenc. Throughout this colourful and varied programme, Sharon Bezaly enjoys the sympathetic support of Neeme Järvi and the Residentie Orchestra who also join her in the spectacular encore, the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s virtuosic arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Flight of the Bumblebee. (Edited synopsis by BIS Records)

Performed by the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Sharon Bezaly (flute) & Neeme Järvi (conductor)

Sing Joyfully

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Format: CD
Label: Joyful Company of Singers
Release date: June 2013
Catalogue no: JCOSCD01

Performed by the Joyful Company of Singers

Lennox & Michael Berkeley: Organ Works

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Format: Digital download
Label: Resonus Classics
Release date: May 2013
Catalogue no: RES10119

Performed by Tom Winpenny (organ)

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Entr'acte: Music for Flute & Guitar

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Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Cambridge Recordings
Release date: April 2013
Catalogue no: CAMREC005

The combination of flute and guitar has been described as enchanting and beautiful and this is surely demonstrated by the works featured on this recording. The Ramirez guitar is stylistically acceptable as a continuo instrument in the early works by Blavet and Rameau but it is perhaps in the other compositions where the combination of the two instruments brings a different perspective on well-known pieces.

Performed by Adam Pounds (guitar) & Dinah Pounds (flute)

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English Recorder Works

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Format: CD & Digital download
Label: NMC Records
Release date: April 2013
Catalogue no: MMC103

Also includes Malcolm Arnold: Sonatina op. 41, Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet & Solitaire; Gordon Jacob: Suite for Recorder and String Quartet; York Bowen: Sonata op. 121; Edmund Rubbra: Meditazioni sopra “Coeurs Désolés” op. 67.

Performed by Jill Kemp (recorder) & Aleksander Szram (piano)

Lennox Berkeley Complete Music for Violin and Piano, and Solo Violin

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Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Move
Release date: December 2012
Catalogue no: MD 3361

Performed by Arabella Teniswood-Harvey (piano) & Edwin Paling (violin)

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