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Boyce: Pindar's Ode; New Year Ode 1774 /Choir of New College, Oxford * Hanover Band * Lea-Cox

William Boyce , Graham Lea-Cox , The Hanover Band , Oxford The Choir of New College , Patrick Burrowes , Andrew Johnson , Christopher Josey , Charles Daniels , Michael George Audio CD
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  • Performer: Oxford The Choir of New College, Patrick Burrowes, Andrew Johnson, Christopher Josey, Charles Daniels, et al.
  • Orchestra: The Hanover Band
  • Conductor: Graham Lea-Cox
  • Composer: William Boyce
  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Guadeamus / ASV Digital
  • ASIN: B00005RT57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Overture: I Largo Andante - Allegro Assai - The Hanover Band
2. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Overture: II Vivace - The Hanover Band
3. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Overture: III Presto - The Hanover Band
4. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Recitative: Gentle Lyre Begin The Strain - Patrick Burrowes
5. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Chorus: Musick Rules The World Above - Edward Higginbottom
6. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Aria: Soft'ned By The Pow'r Of Sound - Patrick Burrowes
7. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Chorus Refrain: Musick Rules The World Above - Edward Higginbottom
8. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Recitative: See, Mars Awak'd By Loud Alarms - Christopher Josey
9. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Aria: Hark! The Pleasing, Pleasing Lutes - Christopher Josey
10. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Chorus Refrain: Musick Rules The World Above - Edward Higginbottom
11. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Recitative: Verse, Gentle Verse - Charles Daniels
12. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Arioso: Arioso: In Fires Of Hell - Charles Daniels
13. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Aria: Angry Flames Like Scarlet Glowing - Charles Daniels
14. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Aria: In Fair Sicilia's Rich Domain - Christopher Josey
15. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Recitative: Hail Thou Everlasting Jove - Michael George
16. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Aria: The Pious Mariner - Michael George
17. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Recitative: So E'er The Muse Disus'd To Sing - Charles Daniels
18. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Duet: Gentle Wishes, Chaste Desires - Michael George
19. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Recitative: When Virtue Bleeds Beneath The Laws - Christoppher Josey
20. Pindar's Ode (Dublin Version, 1741): Recitative: Kindling With Heroic Fire - Patrick Burrowes
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William Boyce (1711-79) occupies a fascinating space in music history just at the point where the heady late Baroque realized its days were numbered and the lighter, breezier manner of the nascent Classical style seized its chance. But Boyce's music is anything but uncertain or transitional. The self-confidence of the age finds its perfect expression in his cosmopolitan high-Baroque style, superficially Handelian, if less ostentatiously grand. Melodically, Boyce embraced the airiness of the new galant style, imbuing it with something quintessentially British in his square-toed dances, quirky cadential figures and pithy, memorable turns of phrase. His orchestral music has been well known for some time, but thanks to Hyperion's pioneering English Orpheus series and the recent attentions of Graham Lea-Cox and the Choir of New College, Oxford, Boyce's impressive achievement as a composer of large-scale choral works is just coming into focus. This is the fourth and sadly the last of Cox's survey of Boyce's odes, oratorios and masques for ASV Gaudeamus. The series has been a triumph: the British Baroque has never sounded so good. The main offering here is the early Pindar's Ode, written in 1740 for one of London's first musical 'clubs', the Apollo Academy, for which Boyce also composed the Ode for St Cecilia's Day and the oratorio, David's Lamentation (reviewed, respectively, in the May 2000 and March 2001 issues). Pindar's Ode polishes up very nicely; it is given here in the revised version of 1741 prepared for a performance by the Dublin Philharmonic Society and the same extraordinary soloists for whom Handel wrote Messiah. There are some marvellously expressive arias, including 'Pious Mariners', richly served up by Michael George, and a fine 'rage' aria ('Angry flames') which Charles Daniels rattles through with great gusto. Treble Patrick Burrowes is less secure, though, than on earlier volumes in the series. From his twilight years we also get Boyce's Ode for the New Year (1774), the 34th such piece he wrote for George II and George III during his long tenure as Master of the King's Musick. Ephemeral it may have been (destined for just a single rehearsal and performance), but Boyce didn't skimp. Just like Purcell in his court odes, Boyce transcends the limitations of the text, and in the final aria, 'Myriads they see', creates something of lasting value (nicely sung by Andrew Johnson). Enthusiastically performed; enthusiastically recommended. Simon Heighes -- From International Record Review - subscribe now

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4.0 out of 5 stars For you dyed in the wool Boyce fans out there ... June 30, 2014
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For you dyed in the wool Boyce fans out there. I have owned exactly one Boyce CD for about 30 years and now, finally, it has a mate. Actually Boyce was quite popular in his Baroque period and this CDs shows why. He is not too far from Handel and/or Bach. He is certainly worth hearing. Boyce's music belongs in every Baroque music collection.
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