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Boyce: 8 Symphonies / Pinnock, English Concert

Album Summary

>Boyce, William : Symphonies (8), Op. 2
>Boyce, William : Symphony in A major, Op. 2/2
>Boyce, William : Symphony in F major, Op. 2/4
>Boyce, William : Symphony in D major, Op. 2/5
>Boyce, William : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 2/7
>Boyce, William : Symphony in D minor, Op. 2/8
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
William Boyce's eight Symphonys (his own spelling) aren't symphonies in the modern sense, but a collection, issued for concert use, of overtures he had composed over nearly 20 years for theatre pieces and court odes. They represent English 18th-century music at its unpretentious best, notably in their formal unorthodoxy. The performances are a delight - cleanly articulated, decisive in rhythm, just in tempo. The French overture-like movements that open Nos 6 and 7 are crisp and brilliant; the more Italianate first movements, like those of Nos 2 and 4, have a splendid swing. And the tone of gentle melancholy behind the fine, expansive D minor first movement of No 8 is particularly well caught. Three of the symphonies have middle movements marked Vivace, which often leads conductors into unsuitably quick tempos; but Pinnock obviously knows that, in 18th-century England, Vivace meant a speed not much above Andante, and for once these movements make proper sense: they're lively, to be sure, but not fast. This disc comfortably surpasses any rivals in both style and accomplishment. The sound of the modestsized band is brightly and truly reproduced.



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>Boyce, William : Symphonies (8), Op. 2
  • Performers: Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Trevor Jones (Viola); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Simon Standage (Violin); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Maya Homburger (Violin); Rupert Bawden (Viola); Francis Turner (Violin); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Miles Golding (Violin); Guy Williams (Flute); David Reichenberg (Oboe); Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Graham Cracknell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760

>Boyce, William : Symphony in A major, Op. 2/2
  • Performers: Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Maya Homburger (Violin); Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Rupert Bawden (Viola); Francis Turner (Violin); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Simon Standage (Violin); Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Trevor Jones (Viola); David Reichenberg (Oboe); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); Guy Williams (Flute); Miles Golding (Violin); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Graham Cracknell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760

>Boyce, William : Symphonies (8), Op. 2
  • Performers: Simon Standage (Violin); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Maya Homburger (Violin); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Miles Golding (Violin); Trevor Jones (Viola); Graham Cracknell (Violin); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Francis Turner (Violin); Rupert Bawden (Viola); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); Guy Williams (Flute); David Reichenberg (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760

>Boyce, William : Symphony in F major, Op. 2/4
  • Performers: Francis Turner (Violin); Rupert Bawden (Viola); Graham Cracknell (Violin); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); David Reichenberg (Oboe); Simon Standage (Violin); Guy Williams (Flute); Miles Golding (Violin); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Maya Homburger (Violin); Trevor Jones (Viola)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760

>Boyce, William : Symphony in D major, Op. 2/5
  • Performers: Guy Williams (Flute); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); David Reichenberg (Oboe); Trevor Jones (Viola); Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Francis Turner (Violin); Rupert Bawden (Viola); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Graham Cracknell (Violin); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Miles Golding (Violin); Maya Homburger (Violin); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760

>Boyce, William : Symphonies (8), Op. 2
  • Performers: Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); David Reichenberg (Oboe); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); Simon Standage (Violin); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Maya Homburger (Violin); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Graham Cracknell (Violin); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Miles Golding (Violin); Francis Turner (Violin); Guy Williams (Flute); Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Trevor Jones (Viola); Rupert Bawden (Viola)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760

>Boyce, William : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 2/7
  • Performers: Miles Golding (Violin); Simon Standage (Violin); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Maya Homburger (Violin); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Guy Williams (Flute); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); David Reichenberg (Oboe); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Trevor Jones (Viola); Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Francis Turner (Violin); Rupert Bawden (Viola); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Graham Cracknell (Violin); Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760

>Boyce, William : Symphony in D minor, Op. 2/8
  • Performers: Nicola Cleminson (Violin); Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon); Francis Turner (Violin); Rupert Bawden (Viola); Pauline Nobes (Violin); Julie Lehwalder (Cello); Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Graham Cracknell (Violin); Jaap ter Linden (Cello); Amanda MacNamara (Double Bass); Micaela Comberti (Violin); Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute); Miles Golding (Violin); Guy Williams (Flute); David Reichenberg (Oboe); Trevor Jones (Viola); Simon Standage (Violin); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Maya Homburger (Violin)
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1760