English Choral Music: Berkeley

English Choral Music: Berkeley

English Choral Music: Berkeley
Director of Music: 
Christopher Robinson
Organ Scholar: 
Jonathan Vaughn
Release date: 
August 2003
Record label: 
Naxos
Catalogue number: 
8.557277
Awards: 
Editor's Choice
Gramophone
September 2003

Track list

  1. Crux fidelis, Op. 43 No. 1
  2. Kyrie: Missa Brevis, Op. 57
  3. Gloria: Missa Brevis, Op. 57
  4. Sanctus: Missa Brevis, Op. 57
  5. Benedictus: Missa Brevis, Op. 57
  6. Agnus Dei: Missa Brevis, Op. 57
  7. Magnificat, Op. 99
  8. Nunc dimittis, Op. 99
  9. Eripe me, Domine: Three Latin Motets, Op. 83 No.1
  10. Veni sponsa Christi: Three Latin Motets, Op. 83 No.1
  11. Regina coeli: Three Latin Motets, Op. 83 No.1
  12. The Lord is my shepherd, Op. 91 No. 1
  13. Kyrie: Mass for Five Voices, Op. 64
  14. Gloria: Mass for Five Voices, Op. 64
  15. Sanctus: Mass for Five Voices, Op. 64
  16. Benedictus: Mass for Five Voices, Op. 64
  17. Agnus Dei: Mass for Five Voices, Op. 64
  18. Look up, sweet babe, Op. 43 No. 2
  19. A Festival Anthem, Op. 21 No. 2
  20. Toccata (from 'Three Pieces', Op. 72 No. 1)

Reviews

An exhilarating opening, a lovely central section and an important organ part, the anthem is the most substantial work on the CD

Gramophone (January 2012)

The album is a fitting tribute to the composer’s centenary and to the distinguished Christopher Robinson’s retirement
Artistic Quality 10/Sound Quality 10: This is a difficult program that’s solidly and authoritatively presented, in ideally spacious, complementary sound. Choral music fans—especially those who appreciate the works of Britten—shouldn’t hesitate to explore this

David Vernier, Classics Today (10th November 2003)

This is a highly recommendable recording and illuminates an area of British music that has been languishing for far too long. Berkeley was a fine, and at times inspired, craftsman and his music deserves to be heard by a wider audience

Robert Hugill, MusicWeb International

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