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Composer: Berkeley, Michael (b. 1948)

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Year of birth1948
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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LondonNicholas Daniel Oboe Day

Woolrich, Pasculli, Spohr, Beethoven, Berkeley, MacMillan, Bruce
Nicholas Daniel; Lucy Wakeford; Wigmore Oboe-Fest Ensemble
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Prom 16: a powerful Berkeley première

Jac van Steen © Chris Christodoulou
A superb performance from Chloë Hanslip in the world premiere of Berkeley's Violin Concerto, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Jac van Steen polished but lacking bite in Dukas and Prokofiev.
***11
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Woodwind with your lunch

A new commision for the woodwind soloists of the Britten Sinfonia was the inspiration behind this beguiling lunchtime affair, consisting entirely of music for woodwind quintet spanning nearly 100 years.
****1
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Joyful Company of Singers at Presteigne Festival

Peter Broadbent and the Joyful Company of Singers return to the Presteigne festival for an enterprising programme of unfamiliar 20th-century choral repertoire.
***11
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Prom 65: "A riot of orchestral colour?"

A "riot of orchestral colour" was promised, but little of it was allowed to flourish.Elgar's Cockaigne Overture, written during the winter of 1900-01, is a portrait of a busy London, conjuring the hustle and bustle of everyday, metropolitan life.
***11
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