On 12 May 1903 in Oxford was born Lennox Berkeley, an English composer of distinction who studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the late twenties, which seemed to give a gentle aura of French music to most of his output. His chamber opera A Dinner Engagement is particularly notable amongst his best works. His list is quite large, including four symphonies and three other operas. He died on 26 December 1989.
A selection of M&V articles about Lennox Berkeley
CD Spotlight. Major Voices - Vocal and choral music by Lennox and Michael Berkeley, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... thrilling performance.'
Ensemble. A Musical Polymath - Peter Dickinson's eightieth birthday concert, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller
CD Spotlight. Musically Engaging - English recorder works played by Jill Kemp, heard by Patric Standford. '... a virtuoso performer ...'
CD Spotlight. Spellbinding Artistry - Jonathan Plowright plays Chopin, recommended by Howard Smith. '... positively hair-raising.'
Ensemble. Beautifully Turned - Horn trios by Lennox Berkeley, Jeremy Thurlow and Haydn impress Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Bitter strength - Orchestral music by Benjamin Britten, recommended by Ron Bierman. '... outstanding performances.'
Record box. Accomplished playing - Kumiko Ida's British piano album, appreciated by Patric Standford
CD Spotlight. Sonatas and sonatinas - Guitar music played by Nathan Kolosko, recommended by Malcolm Tattersall. 'Kolosko's playing is clean, fluent and assured ...'
Ensemble. A stunning masterpiece - Opera East on tour with Lennox Berkeley's 'A Dinner Engagement' and Holst's 'The Wandering Scholar' - Peter Dickinson reports
Classical objectivity? - Peter Dale reads 'The Music of Lennox Berkeley' by Peter Dickinson