‘Lennox Berkeley: Chamber Works’
Our second album, released in 2015.
The playing is superb throughout, the recording warm and clear, and Berkeley’s biographer Tony Scotland provides elegant, illuminating notes.
Chamber Choice, September 2015
★★★★★ Performance ★★★★★ Recording
Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine
… the high quality of the performances by the Berkeley Ensemble, a malleable group which, like the Nash Ensemble, can adapt itself to different formats and plays as if it were truly inside the music. … Well worth a listen
Geoffrey Norris, Sunday Telegraph
Outstanding in the exuberantly performed sequence are the expressive central adagio of the Op 19 String Trio and the 1971 Introduction and Allegro for double bass (Lachlan Radford) and piano (Libby Burgess)
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
Reviews of our debut album, released in 2014.
the Ensemble excels as an instinctive collective
this deft ensemble, … this imaginative disc
…hardly more than one listening should convince you of Ferguson’s high craft as he works within Schubert’s Octet texture, as should the vibrancy of the Berkeley Ensemble’s performance even compared with Dennis Brain and friends in the work’s first recording.
Peter Quantrill, Gramophone
a lovely expressive performance … stunning bassoon playing from Andrew Watson
a delight … warmly communicative and commendably polished readings, most truthfully recorded and balanced within an ideally intimate acoustic.