Clarion Call: Music for Septet and Octet
Making their recording debut with Resonus Classics, the Berkeley Ensemble present septets and octets inspired by Beethoven's Septet and Schubert's Octet.
Taking its name from two British composers of the last one hundred years, father and son Sir Lennox and Michael Berkeley, the group was formed in 2008 by members of London's young professional orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia in order to perform little-known as well as more established chamber music.
Included in the album is a newly-commissioned work for Septet by Michael Berkeley composed specially for the ensemble, the energetic and characterful Clarion Call and Gallop. Also in the programme is John Casken's Blue Medusa for Octet, the stunning but rarely-heard Octet by Howard Ferguson and the world premiere recording of Charles Wood's 1889 Septet.