Magazine article Gramophone

'Boyd Meets Girl'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Boyd Meets Girl'

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'Boyd Meets Girl' JS Bach Two Part Inventions (a)--No 6, BWV777; No 8, BWV779; No 10, BWV781; No 13, BWV784 R Edwards Arafura Arioso Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas (a) Faure Pavane (a) Gnattali Allegretto comodo M Jackson Human Nature (a) Part Spiegel im Spiegel (a) Piazzolla Cafe 1930 (a) Zenamon Reflexoes No 6 ((a) arr Boyd Meets Girl) Laura Metcalf vc Rupert Boyd gtr Sono Luminus (F) DSL92217 (61' * DDD)

Boyd Meets Girl comprises the Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd and the American cellist Laura Metcalf. A self-labelled 'happily married couple', they play like one, with a harmony of purpose as sure as their intonation. Boyd is a fine guitarist; if he's new to these pages, Laura Metcalf is no stranger to them, her 'suave, experienced bow arm' having gained Jed Distler's approval last year (9/16). That right arm is the motor for a gloriously warm and rich tone, well suited to the repertoire on this superbly engineered debut album for the duo.

The bulk of the programme is made up of arrangements, all by Boyd and Metcalf themselves, some more intrusive to the originals--the Falla songs, which actually brush up rather nicely, and Faure's ubiquitous Pavane--than others. Part's Spiegel im Spiegel acquires a greater warmth than usual from the duo and the four Bach Inventions work neatly as an impromptu suite. Piazzolla's Cafe 1930 showcases their virtuosity in a different way, making a fine standalone tone poem, the cello's darker colouring (the original is for flute) more atmospheric and contrasting the better with the guitar. …

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