Songs of Love & Despair

Boyd Meets Girl, Laura Metcalf, Rupert Boyd

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Songs of Love and Despair is the third album at NativeDSD from guitarist Rupert Boyd. It is also the second album that features Australian Classical Guitarist Rupert Boyd with his wife American Cellist Laura Metcalf performing as Boyd Meets Girl.

The album features World Premiere Recordings of A New York Minute composed by Marian Budos and Filles de ‘Elysee composed by Paul Brantley. Along with classical music composed by Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Luigi Boccherini and Olivier Messiaen, mountain songs written by Robert Beaser plus contemporary selections including Pray You Catch Me by Beyonce, Blackbird and Eleanor Rigby written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Daydreaming written by Radiohead.

Boyd says “This is an album of love. But also of despair. And some things in between. Largely conceived, arranged, rehearsed and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic, Songs of Love & Despair contains the music that we were drawn to during this time — a time of unprecedented stillness and solitude, traveling at most a few miles from our home for months on end. As a married couple we were fortunate to be able to play music together every day, and this collection of repertoire is half love, half longing; from the delicate beauty of Debussy and the joyousness of Boccherini, to the anguish of Messiaen and heartbreaking Appalachian folk songs, which tell the stories of love, life and loss.

The album is a testament to this time, and we welcome you to join us as we traverse the emotions that have enveloped us all.”

Boyd Meets Girl
Rupert Boyd – Guitar
Laura Metcalf – Cello

Tracklist

1.
Arabesque No. 1 (From 2 Arabesques L. 66)
00:04
2.
A New York Minute
00:04
3.
Gretchen am Spinnrade Op. 2 D. 118
00:03
4.
The Deserted Garden
00:02
5.
Pray You Catch Me
00:04
6.
Mountain Songs: I. Barbara Allen
00:03
7.
Mountain Songs: II. The House Carpenter
00:02
8.
Mountain Songs: III. He's Gone Away
00:05
9.
Mountain Songs: IV. Hush You Bye
00:04
10.
Adagio (First Movement from Sonata in A Major G. 4)
00:03
11.
Allegro moderato (Second Movement from Sonata in A Major G. 4)
00:04
12.
Blackbird
00:02
13.
Eleanor Rigby
00:02
14.
Filles de l’Elysée
00:05
15.
Daydreaming
00:05
16.
"Praise to the Eternity of Jesus (Fifth Movement from ""Quartet for the End of Time"" I/22)"
00:07

Total time: 00:00:59

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DSL92255

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Executive Producer

Collin J. Rae

Mastering Engineers

Daniel Shores, Tom Caulfield (DXD to DSD 256 and DSD 512)

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Producer

Dan Merceruio

Recording Engineer

Daniel Shores

Recording Location

Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, VA on April 19-22, 2021

Recording Technician

Joshua Frey

Release Date March 25, 2022

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NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

Another great album from these two — and don’t forget his solo album either!

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