Boyd Meets Girl
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Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. Acclaimed soloists in their own right, as a duo they perform an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from the baroque through modern day, including many of their own arrangements. Boyd has been described as truly evocative by The Washington Post, and as a player who deserves to be heard by Classical Guitar Magazine, while Metcalf, also a member of the ensembles Sybarite5 and Break of Reality, has been called brilliant by Gramophone. Boyd Meets Girl has toured throughout the USA, Australia, India and Nepal, including appearances at the Newport Music Festival (Rhode Island), the Gharana Music Festival (Kathmandu, Nepal) and the Monsoon Music Festival (Kolkata, India). A happily married couple, the duo lives in New York City.
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All that is great, but what about musical substance?
So here I start...
The liner notes, written for each track by either performer, are very much to the point and appreciated. RB's summary of Falla's seven songs is the first I have read that can tell a plot from those short stanzas! Smart.
The musical program is very attractive, a combination of many styles and epochs, which makes the listening experience fresh and entertaining. I have to admit that a few pieces passed me by with not much consequence (e.g., Edwards) but most did call attention to deeper listening. A nice event was 'Reflexoes No 6' by multi-cultural composer J.Zenamon.
The arrangements are compelling, that is to say, quite natural on the instrumentaton. The combination sounds RIGHT. For instance, Faure's Pavane is really lovely with cello & guitar. You might even like the arrangement of Michael Jackson's 'Human Nature' even more than the original!
I think this CD celebrates more than a mere partnership; that is, quite frankly, a wonderful thing nowadays. Such is, no doubt, the power of music (and love).
I love guitar (I study it) and I also admire the cello. Metcalf is realy a wonderful cellist and the cello does sometimes seem to overpower the guitar, but the poor guitar is known for limited volume and narrow dynamics. Still the combo is terrific.
My favorite thing on this album is the Radamés Gnattali allegretto, although the Arvo Pärt isn't bad, either. If you want some great relaxing music that can float you away from the growly mundane world, this can do it.