Lennox Berkeley: Ruth
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10 works of classical music inspired by the Old Testament
9. Lennox Berkeley: Ruth
The Old Testament Book of Ruth tells the story of the marriage of Boaz and Ruth, a significant event in Jewish and Christian history because it marked the founding of the house of David, from which Jesus came. Lennox Berkeley was a lifelong Christian, who converted to Roman Catholicism. At the premiere, Boaz was sung by Peter Pears and the conductor was a young Charles Mackerras.