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BOYCE, William - Composers

   Found CDs: 7

Composer: BOYCE, William ((1711-1779))

Crossing Musical Boundaries - The Sheba Sound - 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Harpsichord

Crossing Musical Boundaries - The Sheba Sound - 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Harpsichord
ID: CC2014
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Bassoon

The 24-page CD booklet has a 6,000 word programme note in English containing the interview below, plus a detailed track-by-track description, including interviews with Gordon Langford about his arrangements and David Matthews about Toccatas and Pastorals. There are many photographs.

Jeremy Polmear talks to Catherine Smith about The Sheba Sound:

The Sheba Sound was founded in 1975 by Catherine Smith, and ran for an impressive 22 years. I asked her how it came about. "I was a freelance oboist working in London, and, to be honest, I felt that life was getting a bit repetitive. I needed a challenge, I needed to break out of the orchestral rut. I love making experiments, and exploring new areas of life.

"My starting point for the new group was two oboes, bassoon and harpsichord to play trio sonatas. I approached the oboist Deirdre Lind and the bassoonist Deirdre Dundas-Grant because they had both played in the BBC Concert Orchestra, and therefore had experience in playing all kinds of music. Neil Black [a prominent London oboist] suggested I contact the harpsichordist Harold Lester, who not only played early music with Alfred Deller, but contemporary music with Cathy Berberian and the London Sinfonietta. Our horizons were limitless. The name of the group reflects this - 'Sheba', in reference to the best-known baroque piece for two oboes, 'The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' by Handel, - and 'Sound', being the kind of name you wouldn't use in strictly classical circles. All future members of the group shared this eclectic experience of musical styles. I am particularly grateful to the first members, who made financial sacrifices until we had established ourselves.

"As I wanted the group to be unique in every respect, I decided that we would play, if possible, unpublished Baroque music, so I spent hours and hours in libraries looking for interesting scores. Harold Lester brought his extensive knowledge of early harpsichord music, and arranged some of it; and I also wanted a more jazzy arranger. Brian Kay of the King's Singers suggested Gordon Langford, who had written beautifully for them; he wrote a Folk Song Suite for us [Kaleidoscope CD, tracks 15 -19], the first of many arrangements. Our subsequent commissions were not only contemporary serious music, but also jazz and rock.

"I decided that our presentation was very important. Our dresses were glamourous, shot silk, in bright reds, and the men had cummerbunds to match. Each work was introduced by a member of the group, which was unusual at that time. We commissioned special music stands from the furniture department of the Royal College of Art, and draped the funiture on the platform in red velvet.

"We played all over the UK, in concert halls, at music clubs and festivals, and we did regular London concerts at the Wigmore Hall. One was recorded, and is the source of several tracks on these CDs. We often worked with well-known actors such as Gabriel Woolf [The Bassoon Song, Kaleidoscope CD, track 7], Derek Jacobi, Nicolas Parsons and Spike Milligan, on whose TV programmes we appeared. We did lots of Children's Concerts too, at which the greatest success was a special story, 'The Key to the Zoo', written by humourist Miles Kington, with music by Stephen Oliver. In the story we each became an animal character, with an appropriate hat.

"We toured abroad too, especially in Germany, Italy and Arabia. In Italy they preferred to have a singer with the group, and we took people such as the contralto Margaret Cable and the tenor Christopher Underwood. We also played in Holland, and on TV in Flanders. We broadcast in the UK too - on the BBC music channel Radio 3, but I was also on the talk channel Radio 4, on 'Woman's Hour'. At the time I had three children under eight as well as my career - quite a new thing back in 1975 - and this created quite a lot of interest among the listeners, who then wanted to know what our music sounded like. This led to the BBC financing a recording, many of whose tracks appear here."
25.00 eur Buy

Baroque Concert - Virtuosi di Praga - Tillmann - Wunrmann

Baroque Concert - Virtuosi di Praga - Tillmann - Wunrmann
ID: CLAVES509324
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Oboe

Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major

Charpentier, M-A:
Suite in A Minor

Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale'

Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287

Concerto grosso in C major, Op. 3 No. 12 'per il Santissimo Natale'

Marcello, A:
Concerto in D minor for Trumpet (orig. oboe), strings & continuo
16.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Evelyn Tubb - A Musical Hodge-Podge (English Song 1600-1750)

Evelyn Tubb - A Musical Hodge-Podge (English Song 1600-1750)
ID: FRC9103
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection

Evelyn Tubb, soprano accomp: Anthony Rooley, lute, Michael Fields, lute English Trumpet Virtuosi
12.00 eur Buy

Anthology of English Anthems 1540 - 1870 Vol. 1

Anthology of English Anthems 1540 - 1870 Vol. 1
ID: RRC2030
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection

35 anthems in date order inc. 4 by Byrd, 3 by Tallis, 2 each by Gibbons Weelkes
and Tomkins, 1 each by Farmer, van Wilder, Tye, Sheppard, Farrant, Blow, 4 by
Purcell, 2 each by Ouseley and Wesley, 1 each by Croft, Greene, Boyce,
Battishill, Attwood and Stainer.
24.00 eur Buy

Songs From The Pleasure Gardens.

Songs From The Pleasure Gardens.
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

Philip Langridge is joined by a fine cast of musicians for this recording of songs from the Georgian era, centred around the rural paradises in and around London, the Pleasure Gardens.

Featuring works by some of the foremost composers of the day, this is a hugely entertaining and dramatic collection of songs where love, lust and lament are the main players. : William Boyce, William Jackson, William Croft, John Blow, John Eccles, Daniel Purcell, George Munro, Maurice Green, James Hook, Thomas Arne, Thomas Linley, Stephen Storace

Philip Langridge is one of the world’s most distinguished singers, whose musical and dramatic qualities ensure that he is in constant demand throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. In recognition of these qualities, he was made a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 1994.
15.00 eur Buy

SONGS OF INNCENCE - Andrew Swait, treble - James Bowman, counter tenor - Andrew Plant, piano

SONGS OF INNCENCE  - Andrew Swait, treble - James Bowman, counter tenor - Andrew Plant, piano
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

The initial impetus for Songs of Innocence came from Andrew Swait who was extremely keen to investigate repertoire rarely sung by a treble; indeed, several of the songs featured are world premiere recordings.

After rehearsals with Andrew Plant in the summer of 2007, Andrew Swait’s immense enthusiasm for Britten’s unpublished student works was soon evident and is as evident in this fresh recording a year on. A wonderful collaboration of English and American 20th century song.

A chorister of Cheltenham College and former chorister of the Abbey School Tewkesbury, Andrew Swait (b.1994) has already enjoyed an extremely successful solo career, performing as principal soloist on Light of the World (SIGCD068) in 2005 and appearing as a soloist with choirs around Britain and Europe.
15.00 eur Buy

HANDEL at Vauxhall, Vol. 2 - London Early Opera - Bridget Cunningham, conductor

HANDEL at Vauxhall, Vol. 2 - London Early Opera - Bridget Cunningham, conductor
CDs: 1
Type: CD

15.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

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