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Sextet, Op 47
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'Berkeley: A Centenary Tribute' (CDH55135)
Berkeley: A Centenary Tribute
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Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Track 8 on CDH55135 [6'15] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Archive Service
Movement 2: Lento
Track 9 on CDH55135 [6'20] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Archive Service
Movement 3: Allegro
Track 10 on CDH55135 [4'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Archive Service

Sextet, Op 47
Lennox Berkeley wrote this work in 1955 for the Melos Ensemble. The first performance was given in the same year. The first of the three movements has a clear sonata-form layout with two well-defined and contrasting themes. Typically, the accompanying lines are busy from the start, the emphasis being on a contrapuntal platform for the melody which, as might be expected, tends to be given to the clarinet or horn. One of the main points of interest in this movement is, indeed, the interplay of the string parts which often provide a foretaste of, or cast a new light on, the solo wind line above.

The slow movement opens with the spotlight on the strings. A fugato builds to a passionate climax, only for the clarinet and horn to enter in duet with their own more florid material. The fugato returns, the timing of the string entries halved to one bar’s distance to provide time to develop the wind and string ideas in harness.

The finale has the shape and nature of a rondo. Whereas in the first movement it was the wind instruments that took the lead, here it is the strings that initiate the melodic impetus and changes of mood. Indeed, it is the remarkable variety of texture obtained from the strings that gives light and shade to the movement. A coda, in which the metre alternates between 5/8 and 3/4, closes the work in fine, rousing style.

from notes by James Rushton 1983

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Details for CDH55135 track 8
Allegro moderato
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-13508
Duration
6'15
Recording date
14 June 1983
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Berkeley: A Centenary Tribute (CDH55135)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: May 2003
    Deletion date: August 2008
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Archive Service
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