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Id
4091
Title
Songs of Lennox Berkeley
Soloist(s)
Anna Tilbrook, piano; Alison Nicholls, harp, James Gilchrist, tenor
Label name
Chandos
Recording year
2009

Work Title
Composer

Reviews

Berkeley wrote more for the voice than any other instrument and most of thos 135 vocal works are songs. They aresongs for a fastidious ear and a mind that shuns overstatement, the banal and the sentimental. It is also a taste that takes as though by second nature to much that is French. There is a kinship with Britten, and in some of the later songs one may guess at a little of Tippett. The style is lyrical rather than declamatory, diatonic rather than atonal, but on the whole you don't go there for a tune.
John Steane, Gramophone, 9/1/2009

With well over 100 vocal works to his name, Lenox Berkeley was as active in the medium of solo song as his friend and rival Benjamin Britten. But all to little finds its way on tto recital programmes by comparison, which to judge from this absorbing recital from James Gilchrist is a pity.
Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine, 9/1/2009

There are wonderful song of loss and regret tinged with melancholy at the passing of the seasons and the transience of human existence: Gilchrist and Tilbrook make them their own.
Christopher Cook, International Record Review, 9/1/2009

Berkeley's style falls into the loose category known as 'English Pastoral' - melodic, melancholic, restrained - but it has a cool sensuousness too.
, Classic FM, 10/1/2009

Lennox Berkeley is one of the big lost 20th-century British composers who deserves more attention than he gets. His songs are his masterpieces, and I’m listening to tenor James Gilchrist’s recording of them on Chandos. They’re perfect miniatures of English song – beautiful settings of WH Auden, of Robert Herrick, of Chinese poetry…Gilchrist’s performance is personal and direct, and he imbues the music with absolute understanding.
Petroc Trelawny, BBC Music Magazine, 5/1/2010


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