Saturday, December 25, 2010

Boyce: The 3 Concerti Grossi, Overtures 10-12 - Cantilena

William Boyce
The 3 Concerti Grossi, Overtures 10-12
Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd
Chandos CHAN 6541

A Penguin Guide * * * Recording.

A worthwhile reissue on Collect is that of the three Concerti grossi of Boyce; inventive and rewarding works, full of character. I have gained much pleasure from this music, which was new to me, and it is very well played by Cantilena under Adrian Shepherd. Just try, if you can, the opening Moderato of the first of these concertos (in B flat major) and you will be tempted to explore further. As a fill-up Chandos have added Nos. 10-12 from Boyc,e's set of Overtures MBTD6531; (1) CHAN6531). The first nine were reissued earlier and were welcomed by me last October. The final three are no less enjoyable, with some fine horn playing in Nos. 10 and 12 and trumpets regally prominent in the former. Excellent sound.

Gramophone Magazine

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