Recordings of Lennox Berkeley's music

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So Many Stars

So Many Stars album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Label: Stone Records
Release date: February 2019
Catalogue no: 5060192780826

Here is a unique and very welcome collection of Sonatinas for Violin and Piano, a genre often overlooked in our teeming world, with most of them (not necessarily the best) being by British composers, performed by Fenella Humphreys, violin, and Nicola Eimer, piano. It contains Lennox Berkeley's Sonatina for Violin and Piano op 17 plus works by Alwyn, Crosse, Françaix, Frances Head and Sibelius. The recording quality is very fine, as is the playing of both of these gifted artists. This is an exceptionally well-planned issue, one which ought to find a place in the collection of any lover of music for violin and piano, and especially of British music. (synopsis by Classical Source)

Performed by Fenella Humphrey (violin) & Nicola Eimer (piano)

Lennox Berkeley: The Complete Piano Works

Lennox Berkeley: The Complete Piano Works album cover
Format: Digital download
Label: Hoxa
Release date: June 2018
Catalogue no: 5060024370379
Available from: CD Baby, Portland, Oregon, USA Tel: +1 503 595 3000 Email:

Douglas Stevens performs the entire solo piano output of Lennox Berkeley, expertly navigating his influences and confluences in musical style with passion, verve and tenderness. (Synopsis by CD Baby)

Performed by Douglas Stevens (piano)

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The Marian Consort originally made its name with the music of the Renaissance.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

Simmetrie E Contrasti Nel '900

Simmetrie E Contrasti Nel '900 album cover
Format: CD & Digital download
Release date: August 2017
Catalogue no: G1701

Performed by Simone Rinaldo (guitar)

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

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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)

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