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Berkeley Edition, Vol. 6

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Berkeley Edition, Vol. 6

...utterly superb
CHAN10408 (Chandos)
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1
Concerto for Orchestra, "Seascapes" - I. Con energia - Calmo - Energico

Concerto for Orchestra, "Seascapes" - I. Con energia - Calmo - Energico

Composer Michael Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
07:24 Play $3.40
2
Concerto for Orchestra, "Seascapes" - II. Thernody for a Sad Trumpet: In Memoriam J.A., quarter note = 80

Concerto for Orchestra, "Seascapes" - II. Thernody for a Sad Trumpet: In Memoriam J.A., quarter note = 80

Composer Michael Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09:00 Play $3.40
3
Concerto for Orchestra, "Seascapes" - III. Con fuoco (with drive) - Calmo - Fuocoso - Maestoso

Concerto for Orchestra, "Seascapes" - III. Con fuoco (with drive) - Calmo - Fuocoso - Maestoso

Composer Michael Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
07:58 Play $3.40
4
Concerto for 2 Pianos - I. Molto moderato - Allegro - Lento

Concerto for 2 Pianos - I. Molto moderato - Allegro - Lento

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
07:05 Play $3.40
5
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Theme: Moderato

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Theme: Moderato

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
01:31 Play $1.70
6
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 1: Allegro ma non troppo

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 1: Allegro ma non troppo

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
00:58 Play $1.70
7
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 2: L'istesso tempo

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 2: L'istesso tempo

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
00:58 Play $1.70
8
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 3: Allegro

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 3: Allegro

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
01:52 Play $1.70
9
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 4: Adagio

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 4: Adagio

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
04:09 Play $1.70
10
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 5: Vivace

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 5: Vivace

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
01:19 Play $1.70
11
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 6: Andante - Poco meno mosso

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 6: Andante - Poco meno mosso

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02:24 Play $1.70
12
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 7: Tempo di valse - Un poco meno vivo

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 7: Tempo di valse - Un poco meno vivo

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
01:39 Play $1.70
13
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 8 (Orchestra tacet): Allegro

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 8 (Orchestra tacet): Allegro

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
01:01 Play $1.70
14
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 9 (Pianos tacet): Lento

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 9 (Pianos tacet): Lento

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02:17 Play $1.70
15
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 10 (Orchestra tacet): Andante con moto

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 10 (Orchestra tacet): Andante con moto

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
01:06 Play $1.70
16
Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 11: L'istesso tempo

Concerto for 2 Pianos - II. Variation 11: L'istesso tempo

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Kathryn Stott
Howard Shelley
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02:17 Play $1.70
17
Gregorian Variations

Gregorian Variations

Composer Michael Berkeley
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
17:04 Play $6.85
Total Running Time 70 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Lennox and Michael Berkeley are represented on this album by works showing their craftsmanship in tailoring works to particular performers and occasions, without compromising their individual language and vision.

This album is licensed for download from Chandos.

Download includes - cover art, booklet
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Based in Cardiff, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales has performed throughout Wales, UK and internationally.
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Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley

Howard Shelley is an award winning British conductor and pianist who debued as a conducor in 1985 and as a pianist at the young age of 10 on television where he gave a recital of Bach and Chopin.
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Kathryn Stott

Kathryn Stott

Kathryn Stott is one of Britain's most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today's most engaging pianists. She has appeared in nearly a dozen BBC proms since 2010.

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Richard Hickox

Richard Hickox

Richard Sidney Hickox was an English conductor of choral, orchestral and operatic music. He won a Grammy as well as a number of Gramophone awards for his work and was also named Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for his contribution to music.
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‘Once again, though, the playing under Richard Hickox is all one could wish for. Michael Berkeley's note referred to above identifies this as the planned sixth and last of these Berkeley albums. I hope not. This superbly conceived and executed series has been a landmark event: a model of its kind for British music.' International Record Review

‘Lennox Berkeley's Concerto for Two Pianos of 1948 (the year of Michael's birth, as it happens) is a two-movement work - a prelude followed by a set of enterprising variations in which Berkeley treats the two pianos as a single instrument. Kathryn Stott and Howard Shelley are the formidable exponents of this ‘super-piano', while here and in the Michael Berkeley pieces Richard Hickox inspires incisive playing from the members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' BBC Music Magazine



Lennox Berkeley's two-piano concerto, written in one of the most fertile periods of his career, is a highly effective showpiece for its soloists, which nevertheless avoids the obvious in terms of form and treatment. Lennox Berkeley wrote his Concerto for Two Pianos in 1948 in response to a commission from the Henry Wood Concert Society. The medium of the double concerto was a comparatively unusual one, though there were significant precedents in works by Berkeley's idol Mozart, and also Brahms and Poulenc. Berkeley himself said in a programme note that his intention was ‘to contrast the sound of two pianofortes with that of the orchestra, avoiding thereby the familiar textures of the ordinary one-pianoforte concerto. The soloists, therefore, are nearly always used as a unit, and not as individuals.'

Michael Berkeley's Gregorian Variations for large orchestra was completed in 1982, with the premise ‘to make it accessible to a lay audience at first hearing'. He chose to base it on the Gregorian plainchant he had absorbed as a boy chorister in Westminster Cathedral. Despite its title, the work does not consist of variations on a single theme, but is a continuous fantasia based on a number of different chant melodies. In the years after the Gregorian Variations, Michael Berkeley's style has undergone considerable development, with results that are apparent in the Concerto for Orchestra of 2004/5. The music is more consistent, without stylistic references: it is much more chromatic and less obviously tonal or modal, though key-centres remain as points of anchorage beneath the surface.
This final volume concludes one of Britain's most important recording projects in recent years, and the complete series provides an important document of Twentieth Century British music. A collector's dream.

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