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Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)


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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2022, 06:26:03 pm »

I think Berkeley was pretty inconsistent - there is certainly some lovely stuff including the Four Poems of Saint Teresa, but sometimes the symphonies sit quite static and Nelson is a total bore. What else is in the British and Irish Music Archive? I can't seem to find it.

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To be fair to Berkeley, the vast majority of composers were inconsistent. Even Beethoven wrote some fearful tripe: does anyone know his Two Preludes through all twelve major keys op 39? No? I thought not, since nobody ever plays them (for good reason).


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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2022, 06:29:39 pm »

I think Berkeley was pretty inconsistent - there is certainly some lovely stuff including the Four Poems of Saint Teresa, but sometimes the symphonies sit quite static and Nelson is a total bore. What else is in the British and Irish Music Archive? I can't seem to find it.

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To be fair to Berkeley, the vast majority of composers were inconsistent. Even Beethoven wrote some fearful tripe: does anyone know his Two Preludes through all twelve major keys op 39? No? I thought not, since nobody ever plays them (for good reason).


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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2022, 03:01:03 am »

And back to Tripe........I mean,Lennox Berkeley! (AH) ;D

I think Berkeley was pretty inconsistent - there is certainly some lovely stuff including the Four Poems of Saint Teresa, but sometimes the symphonies sit quite static and Nelson is a total bore. What else is in the British and Irish Music Archive? I can't seem to find it.

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Of course,I've got to remember that I only received those Lennox Berkeley cd's in the last week,or so,and I'm aware of the rush of blood that can occur,to the head,when playing a newly acquired cd for the first time! ::) I think the vintage performances on that emi centenary album enhanced my enjoyment,somewhat (Dennis Brain,for instance!). The fact that his Third Symphony only lasts around fifteen minutes might be another factor? I did enjoy what I heard,but maybe I wouldn't be so keen if it lasted half an hour? (Like No's 1 & 2,which I have not heard!). I must admit I've avoided LB to date because I had some idea his music might be a bit dull,but I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard! But it's still early days! I thought I'd drop a Lennox Berkeley thread though,as he doesn't seem to get allot of attention on forums! (Although,he seems to have a few admirer's at the GMG Forum! The Concerto for Two Pianos appears to be the overall favourite there!)
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2022, 09:30:08 pm »

Concerto for Two Pianos
Serenade for Strings
Symphonies 1 and 2
are my favourites.
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2022, 10:51:07 pm »

Thank you for the recommendation!
I cannot remember if I ever listened to the Two Pianos Concerto.
I agree with you on Symphonies 1 and 2. But I also admire No. 3, esp. its throwaway slap in the face final gesture.
I love the tenderness of the Stabat Mater, an almost spring-like piece despite its gloomy subject matter.
Did any of you listen to his string quartets? I couldn‘t manage squeezing them into my busy listening schedule yet.
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« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2022, 10:15:58 am »

Thank you for the recommendation!
I cannot remember if I ever listened to the Two Pianos Concerto.
I agree with you on Symphonies 1 and 2. But I also admire No. 3, esp. its throwaway slap in the face final gesture.
I love the tenderness of the Stabat Mater, an almost spring-like piece despite its gloomy subject matter.
Did any of you listen to his string quartets? I couldn‘t manage squeezing them into my busy listening schedule yet.
Thank you for your recommendations!
I must listen to the Stabat Mater and once again to the 3rd Symphony. No, I don't know the string quartets. You must hear the Concerto for Two Pianos. On the Lyrita LP it was coupled with the 1st Symphony. I wish that they had kept the same coupling for the CD release.
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