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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner - William Boyce: 8 Symphonies (1995) Remastered Reissue 2017

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner - William Boyce: 8 Symphonies (1995) Remastered Reissue 2017

William Boyce: 8 Symphonies (1995) Remastered Reissue 2017
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

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Classical, Baroque | Label: Capriccio (Encore Series) | # C8006 | 01:01:42

Capriccio Encore is a series of re-releases of the most famous recordings from Capriccio’s back catalogue, fully re-mastered and competitively priced. The legendary recordings of artists such as Sandor Végh, Ton Koopman, Sir Neville Marriner and the Vienna Boys’ Choir also contain repertoire highlights that have a particularly special appeal, from the baroque to the present day. This Encore release features William Boyce's 8 Symphonies, performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, lead by Sir Neville Marriner.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields has established a reputation as one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. Since their first performance at their namesake church in 1958, the ensemble has produced dozens of beloved albums, with highlights including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to the film Amadeus.

In 1995, the ensemble celebrated the British composer and church musician William Boyce (1711-1779) with William Boyce: 8 Symphonies, a recording of Boyce’s entire symphonic output. In 2017 this classic album was re-released on the Capriccio label.

Boyce’s symphonies were first published in 1760 by John Walsh (who also published George Frederic Handel’s music). The eight “symphonies” were actually all repurposed odes and overtures that Boyce had composed over the past two decades.

This re-released album serves as a tribute to the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ founder, life president, and longtime music leader Sir Neville Marriner, who passed away in October 2016. Today, the ensemble is under the leadership of musical director and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell and director Tomo Keller.

The leading native-born composer of eighteenth century England (save perhaps for Thomas Arne), William Boyce was born in London in 1711. He received his primary musical training as a boy soprano at St. Paul's Cathedral. When his voice changed, Boyce necessarily left the choir and began to study organ with the church's organist and composer, Maurice Greene. In 1734, Boyce accepted his first professional position as organist at the Oxford Chapel, where he remained for two years, also spending time teaching at a variety of nearby schools. From that position, Boyce moved on to serve in the same capacity at St. Michael's, and concurrently assumed a court composer position at the Chapel Royal. He was, a year later, named director of England's Three Choirs Festival, an annual celebration that was the first such endeavor of its kind and continues today in London.

Boyce's profile began to rise in the 1750s. In 1749, Boyce accepted employment as organist at the All Hallows Church, but also began a relationship with the Drury Lane Theater; he composed a wealth of incidental music over the next three years for that establishment. When, in 1755, the flourishing musician's former teacher Maurice Greene died, Boyce assumed the position "Master of the King's Music," an appointment widely considered the apex of his artistic career; in this post he reached the height of his celebrity in London. In this capacity, Boyce composed music (primarily odes) to be performed at specific royal occasions. Boyce also was named conductor at St. Paul's Cathedral's Sons of Clergy Festival.

In 1758, the Royal Chapel, who had already employed Boyce as court composer, hired him as chief organist. Boyce was rapidly losing his hearing, however, and was forced to resign his posts at both St. Michael's and All Hallows Church. His deafness had developed early in his life but did not handicap him until it worsened considerably in his later years. In forced retirement, Boyce committed himself to editing and organizing a collection of English church scores by numerous composers, including William Byrd and Henry Purcell. This compilation, entitled Cathedral Music, had been a project started by his teacher Maurice Greene many years prior to his death. Much of its remains prominent in the Anglican Church repertoire today.

Boyce produced a generous quantity of music during his career, and is most widely recognized for his symphonies, anthems, and overtures. His eight symphonies, all in three movements, combine Baroque style with forward looking elements; like other early "symphonies" in Italy, these were closely linked to the theatrical overture form; indeed, these symphonies were essentially collations of pieces borrowed from Boyce's own catalog of music for theater. Boyce composed music for keyboard, as well as chamber music for varied ensembles; a group of 12 trio sonatas in the Italian manner, published in 1747, proved particularly successful.

The music essayist Charles Burney recognized an essential English quality in Boyce's works, but the composer fell into obscurity in the nineteenth century. It was not until the 1930s that a quantity of his music (specifically his symphonies, overtures, and three concerti grossi) was rediscovered. Prominent in the revival of his works was the English conductor Constant Lambert, who edited scores of his music and programmed it repeatedly.

David Brensilver, Allmusic.com


Capriccio originally released this performance of Boyce symphonies in 1995. They return as part of the label’s Encore reissue series. Sir Neville Marriner leads the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (ASMF) in performances that may be a little dated, but they can still delight.

Marriner recorded hundreds of baroque and early classical era works, yet never ventured into the field of authentic performance practices — that is, using instruments of the period. The ASMF plays (as they do here) with modern instruments plus harpsichord.

While historic practices may be the norm today, these mid-1990s performances are perfectly valid readings that hold up well. Marriner brings Boyce’s symphonies to life with a light touch. There’s a genial nature to these works that charms the listener.

Capriccio’s remastering is well done. The ensemble has a transparent sound to it, making it easy to discern the ensemble’s inner voices. Although the overall sound is clear and detailed, there’s a certain softness around the edges. But that’s not uncommon in older recordings.

I’m glad to have these performances back in circulation.

Review by Ralph Graves, WTJU, June 2017


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner - William Boyce: 8 Symphonies (1995) Remastered Reissue 2017



Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner - William Boyce: 8 Symphonies (1995) Remastered Reissue 2017



Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

Recording: St. Jude's, London, 06-08.02 1993

Tracklist:

William Boyce (1711-1779)

Symphony No.5 in D major 'St.Cecilia's Day Ode'
01. I. Allegro ma non troppo - Adagio - Allegro assai (4:06)
02. II. Tempo di Gavotta (2:01)
03. III. Tempo di Menuetto (2:08)

Symphony No.1 in B flat major 'New Year Ode'
04. I. Allegro (2:42)
05. II. Moderato e dolce (2:24)
06. III. Allegro (2:17)

Symphony No.6 in F major 'Solomon'
07. I. Largo. Allegro (4:07)
08. II. Larghetto (2:36)

Symphony No.3 in C major 'The Chaplet'
09. I. Allegro (2:29)
10. II. Andante (1:53)
11. III. Tempo di Menuetto (1:33)

Symphony No.7 in B flat major 'Pythian Ode'
12. I. Andante. Spirituoso (4:51)
13. II. Moderato (2:46)
14. III. Jigg. Allegro assai (2:05)

Symphony No.2 in A major 'Birthday Ode'
15. I. Allegro assai (3:13)
16. II. Andante (1:21)
17. III. Presto. Allegro (1:34)

Symphony No.4 in F major 'Shepherd's Lottery'
18. I. Allegro (3:12)
19. II. Vivace ma non troppo (1:28)
20. III. Gavotta. Allegro (2:22)

Symphony No.8 in D minor 'Worcester Overture'
21. I. Pomposo. Allegro (4:58)
22. II. Lagro. Andante (1:55)
23. III. Tempo di Gavotta. Risoluto (3:40)


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