The Guitar

Rupert Boyd

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Classical Guitarist Rupert Boyd returns to Native DSD with his newest album The Guitar.  The album features Boyd performing the works of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Fernando Sor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leo Brouwer, Astor Piazzolla and John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s song Julia.

The Guitar follows Boyd’s first album, Boyd Meets Girl, where Rupert Boyd joins his wife cellist Laura Metcalf for a duo performance of a wide ranging selection of music.  Boyd Meets Girl is the # 1 Best Selling DSD Album on the Sono Luminus label at the Native DSD Music store.  It is linked below for your convenience.

This album pays homage to the guitar. While the casual listener may recognise many of these works as favourites from the guitar canon, the majority of the repertoire wasn’t originally written for the instrument.

Only the Sor and the Brouwer were originally guitar compositions. The other works started life in a different form, and stand testament to the strength and versatility of the guitar to not only play such a diverse range of repertoire, but to truly embrace it.

With its polyphonic capabilities and roots in popular music around the world, the guitar is singularly capable of such a traversal of styles. This album is not, as the title may imply, a collection of the most beloved or greatest hits from the classical guitar repertoire, but is instead a demonstration of the power of the guitar to perform such a variety of beloved repertoire.



Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Felicidade Arr. R. Dyens for Guitar
Estrada branca Arr. P. Bellinati for Guitar
Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9
Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a - I. Prelude
Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a - II. Loure
Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a - III. Gavotte en rondeau
Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a - IV. Menuett I - V. Menuett II
Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a - VI. Bourree
Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a - VII. Gigue
A Closed World of Fine Feelings Version for Guitar
Estudios Sencillos - No. 1, Movido
Estudios Sencillos - No. 2, Coral. Lento
Estudios Sencillos - No. 3, Rapido
Estudios Sencillos - No. 4, Comodo. Allegretto
Estudios Sencillos - No. 5, Montuno. Allegretto
Estudios Sencillos - No. 6, -
Estudios Sencillos - No. 7, Lo mas rapido posible
Estudios Sencillos - No. 8, Tranquilo
Estudios Sencillos - No. 9, Scherzo
Estudios Sencillos - No. 10, -
Milonga del angel Arr. B. Benitez for Guitar
La muerte del angel Arr. B. Benitez for Guitar
Julia Arr. R. Boyd for Guitar

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Digital Converters

Horus (recording) and Hapi (mastering), Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Daniel Shores

Mastering Room

Legacy Audio Speakers


Original Recording Format


Dan Merceruio

Recording Engineer

Daniel Shores

Recording Location

Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia on May 7-10, 2018

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Technician

Allison Noah

Recording Type & Bit Rate


Release DateApril 26, 2019

Press reviews

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Simply outstanding! This collection of Balkan Dances and Tango Nuevo is bound by the folk traditions from which the music derives. Brought together from a continent apart, these folk music traditions complement each other with an earthy brilliance that is both engaging and pure delight. (…) The recording was made in Sono Luminus’ acoustically delightful recording studio in the old church which they acquired in Boyce, Virginia. Recording engineer Daniel Shores again works his magic to recreate the very compelling sense of a live performance to which we’ve been invited to sit in the optimal audience seat. Highly recommended all around.


Canberra Critics Circle 4 out of 5

There’s a special quality about classical guitar playing – it evokes a peace and a calm. Even when it’s doing full-on flamenco or fortissimo agitato, that peace and calm sits underneath comfortably and reassuringly.

And so it is with Rupert Boyd’s new album, The Guitar. In a program as diverse as Bach and Lennon/McCartney, Boyd captures that peace and calm beautifully on his Smallman, from 2011.

The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments. Whilst it enjoys a plethora of music specially written for it, its ability to create melodies and harmonies simultaneously, as well as the full range of expression, means lots of other music can be adapted for it with relative ease. Thus it is with The Guitar, with five of the seven offerings being arrangements of works written without the guitar in mind.

And masterful arrangements they are, too.

On The Guitar, two bossa novas by Jobim are at the top of the program, with Roland Dyens’ arrangement of the first, Felicidade, tricking the listener into thinking the opening driving rhythm will resolve into something quite rocky. But Jobim’s unmistakable bossa stylings come through soon after, albeit in that up-tempo mood that continues throughout. A gentler bossa style follows in Paulo Bellinati’s arrangement of Estrada Branca.

Then follows a brilliant work by the Spanish guitarist and composer, Fernando Sor, who shared the first 13 years of his life with Mozart’s last. He must have liked Mozart’s music (don’t we all?) because he wrote a set of variations on a theme from The Magic Flute. This is a well-known and much-loved work in the guitar repertoire and presents quite some challenges for the guitarist. Boyd meets the challenge head-on, giving an assured performance.

Equally assured is his performance of Bach’s Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a, the second iteration of the partita for solo violin, from around 1740. Conjecture has it that the re-working was for the lute, but some argue that it was for the lute-harpsichord (Bach owned a couple). Either way, it fits perfectly on the guitar, and Boyd gives it life and energy.

The Guitar also sports an Australian composition – a work transcribed for guitar from the original piano composition, A Closed World of Fine Feelings, by Graeme Koehne. It’s an introspective work, written for, in Koehne’s words, “a slightly naïve, wonderfully sensitive and somewhat introverted individual”. It has some unique harmonies and a middle section that contrasts the outer parts, and Boyd gives the piece a lovely sensitive treatment – peace and calm shining through.

The second work written especially for guitar comprises the first ten short movements of Cuban composer, Leo Brouwer’s Estudios Sencillos (“Simple Studies”). Boyd paints wonderful imagery from a palette of rich colors, exploring the many timbres of his instrument.

The Uruguayan guitarist Baltazar Benitez wrote arrangements for guitar of some of Astor Piazzolla’s music and The Guitar carries two of them – Milonga del Angel and La Muerte del Angel, composed as music for a play. The first “Dance of the Angel” carries a gentle rhythm, with just an underlying hint of tango, and Boyd plays some beautiful rubato in a most sensitive treatment. The second, “Death of the Angel”, starts much more upbeat and jazzy, with hints of flamenco and tango, and a more reflective, balladic middle section, giving way to a return of the stronger rhythms of the first, building a frenetic climax that ends abruptly. Boyd pulls out the many moods of the piece, particularly in the middle section, almost lulling the listener, before snapping the listener back to attention for the conclusion.

Ending this delightful album is Boyd’s own arrangement of Julia, by Lennon and McCartney. It’s a quite short (2”), reflective piece, which might seem somewhat incongruent to the rest of the program on the album. But it fits quite nicely, with a gentle rhythm and lovely harmonies underneath a very simple (almost single note) melody. There are some modern playing techniques, too, which give it just that little bit of extra color.

The liner notes are excellent, with each work given an engaging narrative, and in a typeface that doesn’t require a magnifying glass. Illustrations are simple, yet poignant. The recording quality is excellent, too; Boyd’s guitar is close-miked, giving the sound a real presence and honesty.

The Guitar is a very warmly entertaining album. Its diverse programming gives it a versatility that takes the listener to many places, from the concert hall to the favorite armchair at home. I’m looking forward to listening to its 60 minutes of warmth on a cold, wet, windy winter’s day, in front of the fire, with a warming single malt, or perhaps next summer in the cool shade of the garden, sipping on a pinot!


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