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Lennox Berkeley

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. 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

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