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The British Music Collection: William Boyce - Symphonies CD


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  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Audio CD (8 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000068QS0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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William Boyce’s collection of Eight Symphonies was published in 1760, though all save one were actually composed as overtures between 1739 and 1756. Until recently, Boyce’s posthumous reputation rested on his church music and choral anthems such as Heart of Oak, but in his day he was also active in the London theatre world and these "Symphonys" are representative examples of the vogue for Italianate sinfonias (three movements: fast-slow-fast) and French overtures (a slow introduction-fugue-one or more dance movements). Like many other capable British composers, Boyce was ultimately overshadowed by the commanding presence of Handel, and it is thanks in no small part to the period-instrument movement that the considerable charms of his instrumental output are now better appreciated. Melodious, light of texture and enlivened with sprightly gavottes, minuets and jigs, these works need the sympathetic advocacy of groups such as Christopher Hogwood’s Academy of Ancient Music to bring them back to life. Like Trevor Pinnock before him, Hogwood grasps the music’s innate gracefulness: both versions match tempos almost exactly throughout, but Hogwood’s rhythmic precision allows more space to appreciate the instrumental textures, while his substitution of organ for harpsichord in places give the continuo more variety. Both recordings of this delightful music, however, are self-recommending.--Mark Walker

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K447 on 27 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
This disc is a treat, brilliantly played by the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood, recorded by Decca in 1992. The performances are crisp and clear, and the recording quality superb. William Boyce became Master of the King's Musick in England in 1757, and deserves to be better known. His symphonies abound with cheerful tunes: sea shanties and dance music can be recognised in some of the music. The symphonies are carefully composed and structured, and the performers get it just right. The recording deserves a place in any classical collection. English listeners will recognise an old radio theme tune in the last movement of the 4th symphony.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Hellewell on 10 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved the variety and overall lightness of William Boyce's symphonies and this CD replaces and significantly improves on the gramaphone record I have had of the same music for the last 30 years. If you like Handle's concerti grossi then you will love these symphonies - they are so similar in style and character.
The quality of recording is excellent as are the musical performances though I am not an expert in such things. I just like tunes, melodies and variety all played in a wonderful (to me ) baroque style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Nov 2013
Format: Audio CD
This well recorded set of the Boyce symphonies from 1992 joins the equally well played and recorded set by Pinnock. The differences are very small between the two sets as both adopt similar tempi, phrasing and present the music expertly played by their respective period groups.

All the usual advantages of period performance are readily to be heard on these two recordings. Quite apart from the obvious timbre differences between period and modern instruments, the use of period instruments radically alters the balance between the various sections of the orchestra. As a result the woodwind become much more prominent relative to the strings. This allows the important dialogue between these instruments to be heard much more clearly as the composer obviously intended.

The trumpets and timpani have a different function as they provide primarily an underpinning of the rhythm and dynamics at any one point. The narrower bored period brass are able to cut through the textures in a way that modern brass simply cannot without being either over-powering or lacking in tonal edge if they attempt to play less forcefully. The timpani, with hard sticks, are also able to penetrate without undue force.

Turning to the two leading versions currently available and considering those matters specifically, Hogwood provides a marginally mellower and warmer set of performances and Pinnock provides the slightly brighter and more incisive set. This is most apparent in the fifth symphony with its prominent pair of trumpets features almost throughout. The trumpets are just that bit more noticeable in the Pinnock set.

Other than that consideration I would suggest that either set, Hogwood's or Pinnock's will give almost identical levels of pleasure.
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By Molitor on 9 Jan 2014
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A workmanlike rendering of an old favourite by a throughly professional group. Best heard early in the morning. Baroque instruments not employed, I think.
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