These works are classics of the English baroque by one of the great names of the 18th century. Boyce wrote for many occasions, but the world of public entertainment is to the fore here. The works are not classical (Haydn- and Mozart-type) symphonies at all. They generally follow a fast, slow fast format and have a simple structure. This is not deep music, but it is definitely rewarding. There are varied orchestrations and some fantastic movements featuring trumpets and drums. Few people could fail to enjoy this music.
As always, Pinnock and his band give lively and well-articulated performances.