Friday, March 4, 2011

Boyce: 8 Symphonien - ASMF, Sir Neville Marriner

William Boyce
8 Symphonien
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
Capriccio 10 421

Before there were the symphonies of Mozart and Beethoven, William Boyce was composing the musical baby steps which would lead to the development of symphonies. His music is lovely and moving, and I have long wished that he would be given more exposure. It seems as if my wish might come true as I have heard of release of more of his music lately. Boyce's symphonies are more like what we would call movements - short and sweet. All eight of these symphonies take only an hour to listen to. This version of his eight symphonies taken in hand by the great Sir Neville Marriner and the Orchestra of St. Martin's of the Fields is a good place to start. This is a fine addition to anyone's music collection.

Patricia H. Parker, Amazon Customer Review

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