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Boyce - (8) Symphonies, Op 2 [CD]

Aradia Ensemble , William Boyce , Kevin Mallon Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Composer: William Boyce
  • Audio CD (2 May 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0008JEKCC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 2, "New Year Ode": I. Allegro 2:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 2, "New Year Ode": II. Moderato e dolce 2:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 2, "New Year Ode": III. Allegro 2:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, "Birthday Ode": I. Allegro assai 3:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, "Birthday Ode": II. Vivace 1:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, "Birthday Ode": III. Presto Allegro 1:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, "The Chaplet": I. Allegro 2:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, "The Chaplet": II. Vivace 1:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, "The Chaplet": III. Tempo di Menuetto 1:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 2, "Shepherd's Lottery": I. Allegro 3:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 2, "Shepherd's Lottery": II. Vivace ma non troppo 1:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 2, "Shepherd's Lottery": III. Gavot Allegro 2:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 2, "St. Cecilia's Day Ode": I. Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai 3:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 2, "St. Cecilia's Day Ode": II. Tempo di Gavotta 1:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 2, "St. Cecilia's Day Ode": III. Tempo di Minuetto 1:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 2, "Solomon": I. Largo - Allegro 4:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 2, "Solomon": II. Larghetto 3:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Symphony No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 2, "Pythian Ode": I. Andante - Spirituoso 4:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Symphony No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 2, "Pythian Ode": II. Moderato 3:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Symphony No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 2, "Pythian Ode": III. Jigg (Allegro assai) 2:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Symphony No. 8 in D minor, Op. 2, "Worcester Overture": I. Pomposo - Allegro 4:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Symphony No. 8 in D minor, Op. 2, "Worcester Overture": II. Largo Andante 1:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Symphony No. 8 in D minor, Op. 2, "Worcester Overture": III. Tempo di Gavotta 4:050.89  Buy MP3 


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on, Albion! 13 Dec 2007
By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE
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Strange how familiar are the sounds on this CD, yet how unfamiliar the name of their creator. Tracks 10, 13 and 20, in particular, are instantly recognisable - 'once heard, never forgotten', in the words of the CD sleeve. In England, home-grown William Boyce (1711-79) may have been overshadowed by his illustrious and imported contemporary, Handel, but this didn't prevent him from gaining prominence on these shores.

Yet how far Boyce represents an authentic English voice is open to question. Certainly, the previously mentioned track 20 (the last movement of his Symphony No 7 in Bb) is marked 'Jigg' - nothing fancy, French or pretentious here then, but the assertion of an identity as English as morris dancing and Northumberland bagpipes. Elsewhere, however, Boyce adopts continental models. Most of his symphonies take the form of either the Italian three-movement sinfonia or the French overture. (It would be illuminating to read Peter Ackroyd for some insight and authority on Boyce's Englishness, or on any other composer's for that matter. Is there a distinctively English musical idiom? It's time to take 'English Music' or 'Albion' down from the shelves.)

In the main, Opus 2 was culled from previous work, much of which was ceremonial or celebratory in nature - which explains the brassy pomp and breezy cheerfulness of the revamped symphonies. (Only one of them, the eighth, is in a minor key.) Movements are short, ideas fluent and forceful. The (English?) emphasis is on simplicity and tunes rather than on (European?) complexity and sophistication. The geniality and instant appeal of much of this music makes Boyce seem like the musical equivalent of his novelist contemporary, Henry Fielding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of British 1 Jan 2012
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Included in the 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die, Aradia's rendition of Boyce's eight symphonies are majestic. Most of the recordings included in the aforementioned book are obviously worth checking out, but by no means exhaustive; in fact they seem to give equal weight to the actual quality of the sound and its recording as well as the music and its performance. This disc falls into the former category. Although Boyce's music may not be the most profound it is certainly charming - and the quality of the present in terms of sound is unparalleled - this is the kind of cd which puts you right in the spectator's box in 1760 - or even on the Thames lapping up the music. It is a crisp, smooth and dynamic texture which allows this lovely music to flourish. Just as Bach managed to mix the best of foreign elements, so too does Boyce; the works here speak of Italy and France and certainly have a continental feel to them. However, make no mistake, this is hearty English music.

Boyce had great respect for Handel and it shows. Yet, this does not impinge on his own originality. Critic Burney praised Boyce for his handling of his own music in terms of being in Handel's shadow, remarking that he did not pillage as so many others did, a habit Handel himself of course was not immune from! This is regal instrumental music at its best: unaffected, sober and refined. Certainly a performance fit for a king. Buy with confidence!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable? 3 Jan 2012
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This is delightful music beautifully played, and a good introduction to Boyce. But am I the only reviewer who minds about the quality of the recording? There seems to be a half-second echo on every note, and as a result the concert hall becomes an annoying presence throughout. I think the music deserves better. Hoping that Naxos now choose their recording venues more carefully.
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