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The British Music Collection: William Boyce - Symp&hellip ~ The Academy of Ancient Music
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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.
Ascension Day Evensong ~ James E Jordan
Ascension Day Evensong ~ James E Jordan
What a fabulous liturgical experience! This professional American choir produce a sound that would not be out of place in any English Cathedral. The Mechanics Hall with its Worcester organ resonates beautifully, particularly in the Messiaen that opens the service and the Widor Toccata that closes it. The Fanfares by Sir Arthur Bliss are played with superb aplomb. The Bernard Rose responses are handled sensitively and with inspiration, and it is only the phrase "O Lord save the State" that gives away the location of the recording. The Psalms are sung with precision and the readers of Daniel and Matthew are superb. The final hymn lifts us with Christ to the heavens and Herbert Howells'… Read more