Berkeley: Sacred Choral Music

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Lennox Berkely once addressed the issue of composing sacred works in a 1966 issue of Times Literary Supplement: “How, it may be asked, does a composer approach the task of writing religious music? Does he adopt a different tone of voice, or use a special idiom?… I cannot imagine that any composer in these circumstances would want to modify his ordinary musical idiom.” True to his remarks, Berkeley’s Stabat Mater, Magnificat, and “Better My Heart” show his distinctive voice and recognizable style. The sincerity of these works is palpable and secures them a place amongst the great sacred works of his day. These recordings are taken directly from BBC transmissions from 1963, 1965, and 1968, and have been remastered with the finest technology for optimal sound quality.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 09, 2016


  • UPC: 5020926112927


  • Catalog Number: REAM1129


  • Label: Lyrita


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Lennox Berkeley


  • Conductor: Lennox Berkeley, Norman Del Mar


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers, BBC Northern Orchestra, BBC Northern Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Westminster Abbey Choir, Westminster Cathedral Choir


  • Performer: Barbara Elsy, Christopher Keyte, Donald Hunt, Felicity Harrison, Mary Thomas, Maureen Lehane, Michael Rippon, Nigel Rogers



Works:


  1. Stabat mater

    Composer: Lennox Berkeley

    Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers, English Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Barbara Elsy (Singer), Christopher Keyte (Bass), Maureen Lehane (Alto), Michael Rippon (Bass), Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Mary Thomas (Soprano)

    Conductor: Norman Del Mar


  2. Batter My Heart, Three Person'd God

    Composer: Lennox Berkeley

    Ensemble: BBC Northern Orchestra, BBC Northern Singers

    Performer: Felicity Harrison (Soprano), Donald Hunt (Organ)

    Conductor: Lennox Berkeley


  3. Magnificat, Op. 71

    Composer: Lennox Berkeley

    Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Westminster Abbey Choir, Westminster Cathedral Choir

    Conductor: Lennox Berkeley