The vibrancy and vitality of the Manchester Camerata, one of the musical gems of North West England, is about to be discovered by a wider public with the launch of their new budget series on Avie. With a repertoire spanning five centuries, the ensemble and their Principal Conductor Douglas Boyd, go straight to the heart of the symphonic repertoire on their Avie debut, with two Beethoven symphonies. The Manchester Camerata was established by BBC Radio in 1972 and their name was inspired by the Florentine Camerata, the 16th century group of artists who met regularly to share ideas and discuss cultural affairs. A similar spirit of camaraderie inspires their modern counterpart.
Critical acclaim for the Manchester Camerata and Douglas Boyd:
"The secret of Boyd's success is not only that he is young, enthusiastic and keen to make every concert a rewarding experience (though all of that is true), but also that he is a rarely gifted musician...If ever there was an argument for going back to playing Beethoven with chamber orchestra forces instead of late 19th century style big battalions, this was it: with a wide range of dynamic, drama in full measure, and superb clarity." - Manchester Evening News on an all-Beethoven concert
"I doubt you could hear a better concert performance anywhere" - Manchester Evening News on a performance of Bach's B Minor Mass
"Astonishing" - The Boston Globe
Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
Symphonies n°2, op.36 & n°5, op.67 / Manchester Camerata - Douglas Boyd, direction