Boyd Meets Girl (2017)

Porcaro, Part, Falla, Piazzolla, Gnattali, Edwards, Bach, Faure, Zenamon

Rupert Boyd, Laura Metcalf

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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Rupert Boyd

New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His performances have taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings-139 Festival in China, Festival de Musique Classique in France, Gharana Music Festival in Nepal, and every state and territory in mainland Australia. In addition to his Carnegie Hall debut as part of the D’Addario Music Foundation’s “International Competition Winners in Concert” Series, Rupert Boyd’s recent performance highlights include the Newport Music Festival, National Gallery of Art (D.C.), Music in the Strathmore Mansion, Marlow Guitar Series, Grand Canyon Guitar Society, Boston Guitar Society, University of Denver, University of Hawaii and concerts in India, Nepal and the Philippines. In New York, Rupert Boyd has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Classical Guitar Society, Merkin Concert Hall, Trinity Wall Street, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, SubCulture, and with a diversity of groups such as New York Festival of Song and Moving Theater Dance Company. Active as both a soloist and chamber musician, Rupert Boyd regularly performs throughout the world as part of the Australian Guitar Duo with guitarist Jacob Cordover, and in Boyd Meets Girl, with cellist Laura Metcalf. The Australian Guitar Duo was a prize winner of the Chamber Music section of the Australian Guitar Competition, and its debut CD Songs from the Forest was described as “wonderfully entertaining” by Classical Guitar Magazine, and “very impressive” by Soundboard Magazine. Boyd Meets Girl released its debut recording in July 2017. Rupert Boyd holds a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from the Australian National University School of Music, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music. His major teachers have been Timothy Kain, David Leisner and Benjamin Verdery. In addition to winning the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, Rupert Boyd was also a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition. Rupert Boyd resides in New York City. Photo: Simon Yu

Laura Metcalf

Cellist Laura Metcalf, renowned as a compelling solo and chamber musician, has been acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine),"gorgeous cello legatos" (The Washington Post), and described as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” (I care if you listen). She has performed in nearly all 50 U.S. states and in countries on six continents, including, among many others, South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Qatar, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Australia. In 2016 Laura released her first solo album, First Day, on the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus. Described as a “joyous program” by American Record Guide, the album debuted at #7 on the Billboard Classical charts. Laura is the cellist of award-winning string quintet Sybarite5. Winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild competition, Sybarite5 has given hundreds of concerts worldwide, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, and the Ravinia, Caramoor, Aspen, Wolf Trap and Chautauqua Music Festivals. Laura also performs regularly with the popular cello-percussion quartet Break of Reality, recently selected for an ongoing world tour as musical ambassadors of the US State Department. In addition, she performs with her husband, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd in the duo Boyd Meets Girl, and has been repeatedly invited to the Newport Music Festival and the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions. Outside of the classical realm Laura has performed on the David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Today Shows, and alongside such artists as Adele, John Legend and Nas. Laura lives in New York City. Phoyo: Simon Yu
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Boyd Meets Girl (2017)

Porcaro, Part, Falla, Piazzolla, Gnattali, Edwards, Bach, Faure, Zenamon

Rupert Boyd, Laura Metcalf

    Gapplegate

Two artists of stature, a mix of the contemporary modern and the classic, that is what goes into Boyd Meets Girl. It is a sort of cute, flip title that presaged to me something light. However, the music is delightfully presented, much more than a bonbon between meals. (Not that anyone I know eats bonbons. Yet get the point.) It is weighty without being insistently so. This way it can provide an atmosphere or a good deal more if you listen seriously. The Boyd is classical guitarist Rupert Boyd. The "Girl" is cellist Laura Metcalf. Both have a beautiful sound and the technique to match. And the blend of the two makes for a special confluence. It is the brightly variegated repertoire that helps make the program especially pleasurable. We have more or less lesser-known contemporary works in Jaime Zenamon's "Reflexoes No. 6," Ross Edwards' "Arafura Arioso," Radames Gnattali's "Allegretto Comodo." Then there are the more familiar Astor Piazzolla "Cafe 1930: and Arvo Part's "Spiegel im Spiegel." And then for the more venerable classic side, we have four of Bach's "Two-Part Inventions," Faure's "Pavanne, Op. 50," de Falla's "Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas." And to cap it all off there is an arrangement of Michael Jackson's song "Human Nature." It is the artistry of the two that ultimately makes this program stand out, that and the Boyd-Metcalfe arrangements for guitar and cello (as applicable) and the open-ended adventure of the program itself. If you have expectations about the wonderful sound of the cello and classical guitar together, they are met with absolute style and grace in the twin sonorities of Boyd and Metcalfe. More than met, really. Boyd Meets Girl is one of those fortunate intersections where we hear bells as much as they do. A program that will appeal to a wide swath of listeners. It will do so with artistry at the highest levels.

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    This Is Classical Guitar

Rupert Boyd & Laura Metcalf have been featured on the site a number of times to great reception and they have a new album soon to be released. From what I’ve heard so far Boyd Meets Girl features stunningly beautiful arrangements and exceptional performances by one of my favorite combinations of instruments.

Bradford Werner[read full review]

    Gramophone

Boyd Meets Girl comprises the Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd and the American cellist Laura Metcalf. A self-labeled ‘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. 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 Fauré’s ubiquitous Pavane – than others. Pärt’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 Café 1930 showcases their virtuosity in a different way, making a fine standalone tone poem, the cello’s darker coloring (the original is for flute) more atmospheric and contrasting the better with the guitar. Ross Edward’s Arafura Arioso, the composer’s arrangement of the slow movement of his Guitar Concerto Arafura Dances (1994?95), is a beautiful depiction of Australia’s northern sea. Bolivian-born Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon’s Reflexões No 6 (1988) is unobjectionable, its Vivacissimo finale unexpectedly dashing along in Villa-Lobos mode.

Guy Rickard[read full review]

    Prairie Audio Man Cave for Usher Technology

The Dancers underscore the contrast of the deft, lighter arpeggio of Boyd’s classical guitar swirling around Metcalf’s broader and deeper cello in three dimensions. Again, the sense of space, along with the timbre and virtuosity of these two brilliant artists -- hers more darkly emotive and his, consoling and entreating her to an intimate dance -- are at once very palpable, real and magical. A speaker builder warned me that metal tweeters, such as Beryllium, sound too sharp, but that’s not the case here. Using he Diamond DMD tweeter and the Usher Technology 8948A woofers in the D'Appolito Array is magical. No wonder Do-It-Yourselfers loved the 8948A when Parts Express carried them. They channel Rupert Boyd and Laura Metcalf to the front of my room!

Juan C. Ayllon[read full review]

    Prairie Audio Man Cave for BHK Signature

Boyd, Rupert and Laura Metcalf. “Reflexoes No. 6 for Cello and Guitar.” Boyd Meets Girl. DSD128. Native DSD download. Sono Luminus. 28 July 2017. The virtuosity of Laura Metcalf’s cello and Rupert Boyd’s classical guitar are wondrously conveyed in great acoustic detail. Although I am not a classic lover, I find their collaboration -- and especially Metcalf’s full bodied cello -- highly emotionally evocative. Her cello’s mournful, expressive and expansive range strikes a note in my heart, while Boyd’s acoustic guitar undergirds and supports her with understated elegance. The instruments ring true and the echo and delay in the background gives a real sense of the recording space they are in. With the BHK Signature, there is no smearing, smudging or syruppy affectation; it simply delivers the magic of the moment and gets out of the way.

Juan C. Ayllon[read full review]

    Rafaels Music Notes

"On their latest album, Rupert Boyd pairs up his guitar to the cello of Laura Metcalf. It is a musical match made in Heaven. As I listened to Boyd and Metcalf, I was won over by their way with the music. The album has been neatly packaged, accompanied by insightful notes by both the artists, and flawlessly engineered by Daniel Shores."

Rafael de Acha[read full review]

Boyd Meets Girl (2017)

Porcaro, Part, Falla, Piazzolla, Gnattali, Edwards, Bach, Faure, Zenamon

Rupert Boyd, Laura Metcalf

Digital Converters: Hapi
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Mastering Room: Legacy Audio speakers
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Reflexoes No. 6 - I. Fluido
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Sonata for Cello & Guitar - I. Allegretto comodo
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Histoire du Tango - II. Cafe 1930
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7 Canciones Populares Espanolas - No. 1, El Pano Moruno
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7 Canciones Populares Espanolas - No. 3, Asturiana
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7 Canciones Populares Espanolas - No. 4, Jota
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7 Canciones Populares Espanolas - No. 5, Nana
Falla
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7 Canciones Populares Espanolas - No. 6, Cancion
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7 Canciones Populares Espanolas - No. 7, Polo
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Human Nature
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