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LENNOX BERKELEY

Of aristocratic English and remoter French ancestry, Lennox Berkeley turned his serious attention to music while at Oxford, having his first professional lessons thereafter with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, on the advice of Ravel. He enjoyed early friendship with his younger contemporary Benjamin Britten, some of whose musical predilections he shared; he largely avoided the national pastoral trends of some contemporary English music. He was knighted in 1974.

Operas

Berkeley’s first opera, Nelson, was staged at Sadler’s Wells in 1954. In the same year A Dinner Engagement was mounted at Aldeburgh, where the third of his four operas, Ruth, was given in 1956, followed in 1967 by Castaway.

Orchestral Music

In 1937 Berkeley collaborated with Britten in Mont Juic, a suite of Catalan dances. Later orchestral compositions include concertos for piano, for flute, for violin and for guitar. He also wrote four symphonies.

Vocal and Choral Music

Berkeley’s choral music ranges from the oratorio Jonah of 1935, which he later withdrew, to settings for the Catholic Latin liturgy, to which he himself was devoted, and for the Church of England.

Chamber and Instrumental Music

Berkeley wrote pieces for violin and piano, for solo piano, and music for various instrumental ensembles, including string quartets and a wind quintet.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
English Choral Music Naxos 8.501007


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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BERKELEY, L.: Chamber Music - Horn Trio / Flute Sonatina / Viola Sonata / Piano Quintet (New London Chamber Ensemble) Naxos
8.572288
Chamber Music
BERKELEY, L.: Piano Solo and Duet Music (Terroni, Beedie) Naxos
8.571369
Instrumental
BERKELEY: Crux Fidelis / Missa Brevis / 3 Latin Motets / A Festival Anthem Naxos
8.557277
Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
BERKELEY: Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 17 / Six Preludes, Op. 23 / Concertino, Op. 49 Naxos
8.557324
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos, Instrumental
BERKELEY: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 Naxos
8.570415
Chamber Music
BRITISH GUITAR MUSIC Naxos
8.557040
Instrumental
BRITTEN / BERKELEY: Auden Songs Naxos
8.557204
Vocal
BRITTEN, B.: Songs from the Chinese / Nocturnal after John Dowland / BERKELEY, L.: Theme and Variations / Songs of the Half-Light (Partridge) Ondine
ODE779-2
Instrumental, Vocal
BRITTEN: Violin Concerto / Canadian Carnival / Mont Juic Naxos
8.557198
Orchestral
CHORAL WEDDING (A) - A Selection of Favourite Choral Anthems and Hymns for Church Weddings Naxos
8.578196-97
Choral - Sacred
Contemporary Music for Strings - MARTIN, F. / HINDEMITH, P. / BERKELEY, L. / BARBER, S. (Munchinger) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81086
Orchestral
ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.557557-58
Choral - Sacred
ENGLISH SONG Naxos
8.557559-60
Vocal
Guitar Recital: Jearakul, Ekachai - WEISS, S.L. / MERTZ, J.K. / BERKELEY, L. / LEGNANI, L. / BROUWER, L. / ADULYADEJ, Bhumibol Naxos
8.573481
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Mesirca, Alberto - DOWLAND, J. / BRITTEN, B. / BERKELEY, L. / FRIPP, R. / WHETTAM, G. / MAXWELL DAVIES, P. (British Guitar Music) Paladino Music
PMR0027
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Park, Kyuhee - SCARLATTI, D. / DIABELLI, A. / BERKELEY, L. / MALATS, J. / BARRIOS MANGORÉ, A. / LÓPEZ LÓPEZ, J.M. Naxos
8.573225
Instrumental
Harpsichord Recital: Lewis, Christopher D. - BERKELEY, L. / HOWELLS, H. / BRYARS, G. / JEFFREYS, J. (British Music for Harpsichord) Naxos
8.573668
Instrumental
Psalms for the Soul Naxos
8.554823
Choral - Sacred
Recorder Recital: Laurin, Dan - BOWEN, Y. / RUBBRA, E. / SCOTT, C. / MURRILL, H. / LEIGH, W. / BERKELEY, L. (Songs of Yesterday) BIS
BIS-CD-1785
Chamber Music
Viola Sonatas (English) - JACOB, G. / IRELAND, J. / ARNOLD, M. / DELIUS, F. / BERKELEY, L. (Outram, Rolton) Naxos
8.572208
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Hellwig, Cornelia - DOWLAND, J. / BRITTEN, B. / BERKELEY, L. (Songs of the Half Light) Carpe Diem
CD-16252
Vocal
WALTON / RAWSTHORNE / BERKELEY / TIPPETT / BRITTEN: British Guitar Music BIS
BIS-CD-926
Instrumental

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