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Track(s) taken from CDA66758

The Lord is my shepherd

author of text
Psalm 23

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Recording details: June 1994
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1995
Total duration: 5 minutes 17 seconds

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Eton College Chapel Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor), David Goode (organ), Joshua Cooter (treble)


'A rich feast here … a magnificent choir' (Gramophone)

'A memorable record of some of the best 19th- and 20th-century church music' (Methodist Recorder)
Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) is one of a generation of composers who sought their musical inspiration outside England. Although he graduated from Merton College, Oxford, in 1926 (where one of his peers was Auden), his subject was modern languages and it seems that his musical study was limited to organ lessons with Sir William Harris. Berkeley's mother's family lived in France and his regular visits culminated in the young composer showing some of his scores to Maurice Ravel. Ravel encouraged him to study with Nadia Boulanger who, in turn, encouraged him to work hard at strict counterpoint. Berkeley's exposure to Stravinsky's neo-classicism and his study of counterpoint have led to some very particular features in his music: the anthem The Lord is my Shepherd, for example, is often written strictly in four parts, including the treble soloist's part. The vocal parts, although not imitative, all have a life of their own and show the composer's penchant for melody. Berkeley knew (and was influenced by) Britten, Stravinsky and Poulenc amongst others and in turn has influenced many composers through his own teaching, notably Moor, Bennett, Bedford and Tavener.

The Lord is my Shepherd (Op 91 nº 1) was written in 1975 for the 900th anniversary of the Foundation of Chichester Cathedral and is dedicated to the Very Reverend Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester.

from notes by William McVicker 1995

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