THE GUITAR (Sono Luminus), solo guitar (2019)

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“An utterly exceptional recording.”

    - Classical Guitar Magazine

"Boyd is a very fine musician… His sense of line is beautifully showcased in Bach’s Suite, while his rhythmic acuity enlivens from the onset of Jobim’s Felicidade… Boyd is a near-ideal executant, catching the sharpness of the originals yet rendering them as if they were conceived wholly for the instrument."

    - Gramophone

"Boyd’s performances shine with flowing musical melodies, elegant interpretations, and tight rhythmic grooves. A must-have album of 2019.”

    - This Is Classical Guitar

"The sheer versatility of this instrument comes to the fore in a really eclectic selection, which traverses centuries of music from Bach to The Beatles in a sunny 60 minutes.”

    - BBC Music Magazine

“His third solo album, The Guitar, show his terrific versatility across a mix of Latin American and classical repertoire. Instantly one’s ears are pricked up by Boyd’s interpretive directness and a sparkling technique”

    - The Weekend Australian

“The two Jobim pieces which open the program feel so vibrant, so alive and yet reflective of the fleeting nature of life... Boyd manages to breathe new life into Sor’s Introduction and Variations on a Theme of Mozart - no mean feat... Bach’s E Major Lute Suite exhibits a beautifully contained exuberance... Terrific recital”

    - Limelight Magazine

“He is a guitarist for today, a true voice and a phenomena one should not ignore”

    - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

“Boyd paints wonderful imagery from a palette of rich colours, exploring the many timbres of his instrument... The Guitar is a very warmly entertaining album”

    - Canberra Critic’s Circle

“The Australian born Boyd must have, in another life, hung out with Bach in a Leipzig café. He plays the Suite in E Major, BWV 1006 with classical clarity, artful articulation and eloquence”

    - Rafael’s Music Notes

It’s a nicely balanced program that always holds your interest and has much to offer, with clean, resonant and idiomatic playing throughout.”

    - The Whole Note

“It's just possible that Boyd's technique has only grown more phenomenal since his last solo album, Fantasias - whatever the reason, he absolutely slays me on the opening tracks here, two Jobim pieces that find composer and player at their most expressive.”

    - An Earful


Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)

1. Felicidade (arr. R. Dyens)

2. Estrada Branca (arr. P. Bellinati)

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

3. Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite in E Major, BWV1006a

    4. Prelude

    5. Loure

    6. Gavotte en Rondeau

    7. Menuett I & II

    8. Bouree

    9. Gigue

Graeme Koehne (b. 1956)

10. A Closed World of Fine Feelings

Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)

11-20. Estudios Sencillos

        I: Mosso

        II: Lento

        III: Rapido

        IV: Comodo (Allegretto)

        V: Allegretto

        VI: A piecere

        VII: Il Piu Rapido Possible

        VIII: Tranquillo

        IX: Scherzo

        X: Vivo

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

21. Milonga del Angel (arr. B. Benítez)

22. La Muerte del Angel (arr. B. Benítez)


23. Julia (arr. R. Boyd)


Recorded at Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia, May 7-10 2018




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