Mark Baigent | Rutland Boughton 'for Joyance'

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Rutland Boughton 'for Joyance'

by Mark Baigent

Rutland Boughton is one of the foremost composers of the 'English Renaissance' between the two world wars and this music, written for his oboist daughter Joy (for whom Britten also wrote his Metamorphoses) is suffused with warmth.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oboe Quartet No. 2 - I
6:13 album only
2. Oboe Quartet No. 2 - II
4:38 album only
3. Oboe Quartet No. 2 - III
2:40 album only
4. Oboe Quartet No. 2 - IV
3:52 album only
5. Two Pieces - Somerset Pastorale
3:44 album only
6. Two Pieces - The Passing of the Faerie
1:45 album only
7. Three Songs Without Words - Whence!
2:52 album only
8. Three Songs Without Words - Faery Flout
1:42 album only
9. Three Songs Without Words - Barcarolle
4:48 album only
10. Portrait
9:04 album only
11. Greensleeves
2:01 album only
12. Oboe Quartet No. 1 - I
4:25 album only
13. Oboe Quartet No. 1 - II
1:36 album only
14. Oboe Quartet No. 1 - III
7:44 album only


Album Notes
English music enjoyed something of a Renaissance between the two world wars, with composers such as Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax, Arthur Bliss, E J Moeran, Elizabeth Maconchy, Gerald Finzi - and Rutland Boughton.

All these composers wrote chamber music involving the oboe, due mainly to the world-wide fame of Léon Goossens and his pupils, among whom was Joyance (Joy) Boughton. She was a member of Benjamin Britten's orchestra at Aldburgh, and he wrote his solo oboe piece 'Six Metamorphoses after Ovid' for her to play there.

The music on this album was also written for her (though one piece was probably written for Goossens), and it is suffused with a father's love; helped not a little by the gorgeous, warm playing of Mark Baigent and his accomplished colleagues Sophie Barber (violin), Chian Lim (viola), Stephen Orton (cello), Michael Jones (piano) and Eva Cabellero (flute).

The CD booklet includes an introduction to the music by Ian Boughton - grandson of Rutland Boughton - plus track notes, biographies of composer and players, and a note on the instruments used for the recording.



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Some early response to this album
I am the record label owner, and here are some early reactions to this CD that I have received (printed with the writers' permission):

"This is an absolutely magical CD. Standout performances, lovely music and ravishing sound!" Geoffrey Pearce, Australia

"This is a very nice CD of Rutland Boughton oboe works! I especially like RB the scherzo writer; the allegro giocoso in the First Quartet; the finale in the Second; but I was most taken with the Flute/Oboe/Piano "Portrait": harmonically and atmospherically very interesting. I hope it sells well." Roger Savage, Edinburgh, UK