FANTASIAS (Little Mystery Records), solo guitar (2016)

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** American Record Guide “Critic’s Choice” of 2016 **

"This new CD is a triumph of brilliant, assured playing on an incredible variety of pieces.”        - Classical Guitar Magazine

"Boyd plays with unerring good taste and musicianship, and his tone is absolutely gorgeous, with plenty of range and variety. He is technically superb, but never makes virtuosity the goal — the music always comes first… I look forward to more from this fine artist.”

        - American Record Guide

“An excellent album filled with an eclectic mix of compositions… Boyd’s phrasing is beautiful and always has nice forward movement, I especially liked his flowing lines in the Dowland that just keep overturning — continuous joy!”        - this is classical guitar

"It is compelling “can’t put it down” listening; I almost wanted to applaud at the end.”        - Canberra Critics Circle

"Boyd handles shifts in style and period with aplomb... this whole disc is a high-quality achievement by one of Canberra's impressive talents.”

        - The Canberra Times

“Rupert Boyd is an Australian guitarist of surpassing skill and intelligence with an eclectic ear, all qualities in evidence on his globe-trotting (and time-traveling) sophomore album, Fantasias.”        - AnEarful

"There is a overarching sense of real elegance and grace in Boyd’s playing… It’s a sense of musical surety that true mastery of an instrument brings… Rupert also has an elegance of tone to match the elegance of approach – simply wonderful, rounded and full… A wonderful tour around the modern (and not so modern!) guitar repertoire played by a modern master with surety of style, full of elegance, and assured gentleness.”        - Classical Guitar n Stuff

"While the music itself is consistently lovely, what will really strike you as you listen is how bright and colorful his tone is, and how much evident pleasure he takes in playing so many very different kinds of music… Highly recommended”        - CD HotList

“Mr Boyd is superbly capable of straddling music across the centuries, and interprets the diversity of his chosen repertoire with ease.”

        - Serenade Magazine (India)

“Peculiar in the extreme.”        - Soundboard, Vol. 42 No. 3

"Rupert Boyd... brings to each piece a mastery of phrasing and a rhythmic jolt at times that puts him in the coterie of artists of excellence… The exceptional clarity and expressiveness that is the Boyd way is rare and a great thing to hear. Check out this terrific album!"

        - Gapplegate Guitar & Bass

"Guitarist Rupert Boyd is a great musician… [I] entreat all lovers of guitar music to buy a copy of this gem of an album by a major artist.”
        - Rafael’s Music Notes

"A fine, well-recorded disc overall, with music to delight guitar newcomers and experts alike.”

        - Limelight (Australia’s Classical Music and Arts Magazine)

"The recording took place in an English church and one can almost see the smile of satisfaction and approval on God's face as if in validation of Boyd's flawless technique and expressive interpretation.  Fantasías is a "must hear" experience for the avid classical guitar audience… You won't be disappointed."        - Minor 7th


Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

1. Otoño Porteño  (arr. S. Assad) [5:16]

Four Traditional Celtic Songs (arr. D. Russell)

2. Loch Leven Castle [1:07]

3. Skye Boat Song [3:34]

4. Cherish the Ladies [2:28]

5. Niel Gow's Lament [2:50]

Phillip Houghton (b. 1954)

6. God of the Northern Forest [5:54]

7. Kinkachoo, I Love You [2:53]

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

8. Pantomima (arr. R. Boyd) [4:40]

9. The Miller’s Dance (arr. T. Kain) [2:55]

John Dowland (1563-1626)

10. Fantasie [4:12]

Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)

Tres Apuntes

11. De el “Homenaje a Falla” [2:08]

12. De un fragmento instrumental [1:46]

13. Sobre un canto de Bulgaria [1:34]

Byron Yasui (b. 1940)

14. Fantasy on a Hawaiian Lullabye [5:34]

Luigi Legnani (1790-1877)

15. Fantasia in A minor, Op. 19 [8:30]

Aloÿs Fornerod (1890-1965)

16. Prélude [3:30]

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

17. Étude No. 9: Très peu animé [3:09]

Catalan Folksong (arr. M. Llobet)

18. El Noi de la Mare [2:25]

Julián Arcas (1832-1882)

[rev. F. Tárrega]

19. Fantasia on Verdi’s La Traviata [7:15]


Recorded by John Taylor; Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire, UK:

08-11 November 2015

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