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The Berkeley Edition, Vol. 4

The Berkeley Edition, Vol. 4

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2004

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Richard Hickox


Thomas Trotter

organ

Paul Silverthorne

viola*

Venue:

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea


St Davids Hall, Cardiff



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Michael Common

(Assistant)

Matthew Walker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 71:00
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The Berkeley Edition, Vol. 4

 

MICHAEL BERKELEY

(b. 1948)
Select Complete Single Disc for
premiere recording
1 

Concerto for Organ and Orchestra*

20:11
   
 

LENNOX BERKELEY

(1903-1989)
premiere recording
2 

Voices of the Night, Op. 86

8:56
  for Orchestra  
  Andante  
 

MICHAEL BERKELEY

premiere recording
3 

Viola Concerto†

16:10
  Revised version, 1996  
 

LENNOX BERKELEY

 

Symphony No. 2

25:53  
  Revised version, 1976  
4 I Lento - Allegro - Poco meno mosso - Lento 8:38
5 II Allegro vivace - Meno vivo - Tornado al tempo I 3:39
6 III Lento - Più vivo - Largamente - Tempo I 8:12
7 IV Allegro 5:14
This fourth release in the highly acclaimed Berkeley Edition features premiere recordings of SirLennox Berkeley’s Voices of the Night and Michael Berkeley’s Organ and Viola Concertos.

Organist Thomas Trotter has performed as soloist with some of the world’s greatest orchestras under such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Sir Charles Mackerras. He is Birmingham’s City Organist and Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and Visiting Professor at London’s Royal College of Music.

Violist Paul Silverthorne performs internationally and regularly gives masterclasses. He is Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is Principal Violist with both the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.


Lennox Berkeley’s Symphony No. 2 – the second of four – was one of the earliest works to which the composer admitted elements of modernist dissonance, though without ever compromising his strong and individual voice. Written in 1958, it was revised by the composer seventeen years later. Most of the revisions concerned the scoring, for he felt he had previously been too preoccupied with keeping the orchestral colours distinct. In the revised work, the orchestration is freer and more robust.

Lennox Berkeley composed Voices of the Night in 1973 for the Three Choirs Festival. The composer described the work as an impressionistic nocturne, in which he had tried to ‘give expression to the mysterious atmosphere of the night, and to reproduce the heightened romantic feelings that it can arouse more powerfully than day’.

Michael Berkeley’s Organ Concerto was premiered at Ely cathedral in July 1987. He describes it less as a conventional concerto than as a work of ‘ritual’, inspired by his years as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, and in particular by the liturgy of Easter: ‘the bringer of light after darkness and the purifying power of fire’. The Organ Concerto exemplifies two recurring features of the music of Michael Berkeley: his feeling for the dramatic interactions of the concerto medium and his ability to devise convincing singlemovement structures.

Both are equally in evidence in his Viola Concerto, first performed in July 1994 and substantially revised in 1996. Though, like that of the Organ Concerto, the orchestra is a large one, it is here more sparingly deployed in the solo passages, which often feature no more than a handful of solo wind and string instruments.


'Performances and recordings are excellent.'
Fanfare

As always in this series, the performances and recording are exemplary. Hickoxs reading of the symphony is fuller and more robust that the composers Lyrita recording…
American Record Guide

This magnificent series devoted to the two Berkeleys continues, with operas and solo piano music still to come. Three out of four works here are first recordings and as in the previous three volumes there are revelations, with Richard Hickox as the ideal interpreter in every way.
Gramophone

The fourth volume of the invaluable Chandos Berkeley series repeats the successful formula of the previous issues' like the others in this series, this is a disc to return to for ever-increasing rewards.
International Record Review




*****
A Corke

*****
D Tinbergen

*****
Loved the music of Lennox;not sure about Michael yet. Good recording and performance.
G Toms