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Lennox Berkeley & Michael Berkeley: Stabat Mater
By Berkeley Ensemble, David Wordsworth, Rory McCleery, and The Marian Consort. By Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) and Michael Berkeley. Classical. Listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.DCD34180).
Item Number: NX.DCD34180
Lennox Berkeley's Stabat Mater derives from one of the most fertile and inspired periods of his compositional life. A masterpiece, and until now the last of his major works to go unrecorded, it was written for a concert tour by his close friend Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group; hence the unusual but effective scoring for six solo voices and twelve instrumentalists. Delphian artists The Marian Consort - with five acclaimed discs of early music to their credit - now show their versatility in a cappella and accompanied music by both Lennox and his son Michael Berkeley. They are partnered in the larger works by the Berkeley Ensemble, whose performances are enriched by their intimate knowledge of these composers' music. The same can be said of conductor David Wordsworth, who has known and worked with both composers, and who here realises a long-cherished ambition to direct this important addition to the catalogue.
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