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Boyce: Symphonies, Op 2 / Christopher Hogwood


Release Date: 01/21/2008 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 436761   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The inspiriting first movement of No. 4 receives a particularly delightful performance, rich and solid, with a happy sense of the music's logic; and Hogwood catches the eccentric character of the music well..."

"The Boyce Eight Symphonys (as he himself spelt the title) are one of the treasures of English eighteenth-century music, cheerful, unassuming and confident, full of good tunes, and typically English in the heterodoxy of their style—their quirky lines, their refusal to follow the regular procedures, their mixture of baroque and classical features, with their fugues declining to remain fugal, their very un-French French overtures: all this is part of their particular charm. These pieces started life
Read more as overtures, to stage works or to odes, and Boyce later collected them for publication as concert pieces. Some years ago, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert made an excellent recording which I thought unlikely to be surpassed; but I'm not sure that this new one isn't even better. It is certainly different, in several ways.

Christopher Hogwood gives a great deal of attention to the textural depth of the music, and you hear a good deal more of inner detail; Pinnock rather favours a breezier approach, with more concentration on the melodic line and the momentum. And while Pinnock's performances have a lot of energy and spontaneity, Hogwood's are a good deal more thoughtful and more attentive to detail. He shapes the cadences with considerable care, for example in the first movement of No. 2 or the Gavotte of No. 5. The inspiriting first movement of No. 4 receives a particularly delightful performance, rich and solid, with a happy sense of the music's logic; and Hogwood catches the eccentric character of the music well, for example in the curious Moderato movement at the middle of No. 7 or in the odd little Vivace at the centre of No. 3. Vivace in these pieces signifies a slowish movement, but I fancy Hogwood overdoes it slightly in the middle movement of No. 4, which is surely a bit heavy-footed. All the fugal movements go well, done with vitality and a feeling for their logic.

If you already have the Pinnock version, you may safely remain content; if not, however, the new one should certainly be considered, for, at a very modest sacrifice of freshness, you do have readings that go just a shade deeper, with no want of spirit."

- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [4/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphonies (8), Op. 2 by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1756; England 
2. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 1 in B flat major by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1756; England 
3. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 2 in A major by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1756; England 
4. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 3 in C major by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; England 
5. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 4 in F major by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1751; England 
6. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 5 in D major by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; England 
7. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 6 in F major by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; England 
8. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 7 in B flat major by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1740; England 
9. Symphonies (8), Op. 2: no 8 in D minor by William Boyce
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1737; England 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 2: I. Allegro assai
Symphony no 4: I. Allegro

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in B flat Major: 1. Allegro
Symphony No.1 in B flat Major: 2. Moderato e dolce
Symphony No.1 in B flat Major: 3. Allegro
Symphony No.2 in A major: 1. Allegro assai
Symphony No.2 in A major: 2. Vivace
Symphony No.2 in A major: 3. Presto Allegro
Symphony No.3 in C Major: 1. Allegro
Symphony No.3 in C Major: 2. Vivace
Symphony No.3 in C Major: 3. Tempo di Minuetto
Symphony No.4 in F Major: 1. Allegro
Symphony No.4 in F Major: 2. Vivace ma non troppo
Symphony No.4 in F Major: 3. Gavot (Allegro)
Symphony No.5 in D Major: 1. Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai
Symphony No.5 in D Major: 2. Tempo di gavotta
Symphony No.5 in D Major: 3. Tempo di Minuetto
Symphony No.6 in F major: 1. Largo-Allegro
Symphony No.6 in F major: 2. Larghetto
Symphony No.7 in B flat major: 1. Andante-Spirituoso
Symphony No.7 in B flat major: 2. Moderato
Symphony No.7 in B flat major: 3. Jigg (Allegro assai)
Symphony No.8 in D Minor: 1. Pomposo - Allegro
Symphony No.8 in D Minor: 2. Largo Andante
Symphony No.8 in D Minor: 3. Tempo di Gavotta

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