The Berkeley Ensemble is set to release their debut recording Clarion Call: Music for Septet and Octet on Rensonus Classics in March 2014, featuring works inspired by Beethoven’s Septet and Schubert’s Octet by 20th and 21st century composers. The disc will feature works by John Casken, Charles Wood and Michael Berkeley. Notably, prior to performances by the Berkeley Ensemble, Wood’s Septet had only previously been performed by amateur ensembles. Michael Berkeley’s Clarion Call and Gallop were composed for the ensemble and premiered in 2013.
Clarion Call will no doubt bring to prominence little-known works as the Berkeley Ensemble have been doing successfully since their formation, and affirm their reputation for thoughtful and fascinating programming.