Lennox Berkeley: Chamber Music

Lennox Berkeley: Chamber Music

     
 

This album brings together four chamber works that span much of Lennox Berkeley's career, from his 1939 "Sonatina for recorder or flute" to his "Quintet for piano and winds," written for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1975. Berkeley wrote his 1944 "Horn Trio" for pianist Colin Horsley, horn player See more details below

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This album brings together four chamber works that span much of Lennox Berkeley's career, from his 1939 "Sonatina for recorder or flute" to his "Quintet for piano and winds," written for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1975. Berkeley wrote his 1944 "Horn Trio" for pianist Colin Horsley, horn player Dennis Brain, and violinist Manoug Parikian, and their recording for EMI remains a classic account of the work. This version, with pianist Raphael Terroni, horn player Stephen Stirling, and violinist Susanne Stanzeleit, has a rough-and-tumble quality that is a valid alternative approach given the character of the music, and its boisterous energy is commendable, even if it doesn't have the refined urbanity of the premiere recording. Stanzeleit's playing, though, is in nowhere the same league as Parikian's, a model of velvety tone and immaculate technique. The "Sonatina" may not be a work of great substance, but it is a charming neo-Classical miniature, and flutist Patrick Williams and pianist Terroni give it an elegant, delicate reading. The "Quintet for piano and winds," although written 30 years after the "Horn Trio," has some of the playful character of the earlier work, although it is less freely whimsical and its harmonic and melodic language are more astringent and abstract. It receives a fine performance from Terroni and members of the New London Chamber Ensemble. Naxos' sound is clean and present.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313228874
catalogNumber:
8572288
Rank:
172168

Tracks

  1. Quintet for piano and winds, Op. 90  - Lennox Berkeley  -  New London Chamber Ensemble  - Raphael Terroni
  2. Sonata for viola & piano in D minor, Op. 22  - Lennox Berkeley  - Morgan Goff  - Raphael Terroni
  3. Sonatina for recorder (or flute) & piano, Op. 13  - Lennox Berkeley  - Raphael Terroni  - Patrick Williams
  4. Trio for horn, violin & piano, Op. 44  - Lennox Berkeley  - Susanne Stanzeleit  - Stephen Stirling  - Raphael Terroni

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