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Composer: Berkeley, Sir Lennox (1903-1989)

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Year of birth1903
Year of death1989
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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HerfordKammerkonzert 5

Duvernoy, Berkeley, Brahms
Alfredo Cabo Carbonell; Yasko Linnartz; Felicia Terpitz

LondonThe Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor

Byrd, Traditional, Wise, Weelkes, Gibbons, Brahms, Schein, Praetorius, Goldschmidt, Stainer, Berkeley, Verdi, Pärt
James Vivian; Unknown; Luke Bond
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Imaginative programming from the Britten Oboe Quartet

Britten Oboe Quartet © Eric Richmond
The Britten Oboe Quartet gave highly engaging and communicative performances of an imaginative and intelligent programme, with cerebral serialism from Elisabeth Lutyens combined with early Elgar, Britten and sublime Mozart to finish.
****1
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Prom Saturday Matinee 4: English Chamber Orchestra with Ben Johnson and Richard Watkins

Ben Johnson  ©  Chris Gloag
When a programme is well put together and nicely themed, it is quite easy to turn one’s attention away from the sound of music, and onto the history of music. PCM 4 at Cadogan Hall was breezily introduced by the BBC compere as a programme marking Britten’s centenary, exploring his relationship with his peers, and celebrating his friend Lutoslawski. Yes, it did all that.
***11
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Concertos by David Matthews and Joseph Phibbs receive second performances at Presteigne

David Matthews  ©  Maurice Foxall
The classification of composers into those who write tonal music and those who inhabit the harder-edged shores of serialism and atonality raised its head once again at the first of the three concerts given by the Festival Chamber Orchestra at this year’s Presteigne Festival.
****1
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Proms Saturday Matinee 3: Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas travel around Britten

Barry Douglas  ©  Katya Kraynova
In what was apparently the first appearance from an Irish orchestra at the Proms since the 1970s, pianist/conductor Barry Douglas and the strings of his Camerata Ireland brought a programme to Cadogan Hall which examined Benjamin Britten in the context of some of his contemporaries and friends.
***11
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Proms Saturday Matinee 2: Sarah Connolly and Britten Sinfonia's magnificent, terrifying passion

Sarah Connolly  ©  Peter Warren
In a brief mid-concert interview for BBC Radio 3, conductor Sian Edwards was asked why Britten and his contemporaries wrote so much music for small string orchestra, and her answer illuminated the choice of programming for this Proms Saturday Matinee performance.
*****
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