Wednesday, July 05, 2017
William Boyce Symphonies still entertain
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.
William Boyce: Eight Symphonies
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor
Capriccio Encore C8006