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Rupert Boyd CD – Fantasías

On April 28th 2016, Little Mystery Records will release New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd‘s eagerly awaited second solo CD Fantasías (LMR-103). Described by the Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard”, Rupert Boyd is recognized as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation.

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Recorded by renowned producer John Taylor in a centuries-old church just outside of London in November 2015, Fantasías contains a varied collection of works for solo classical guitar, including four fantasias that span from Elizabethan England to modern-day Hawaii. The album also includes works by the Australian composer Phillip Houghton, a tango by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, a work by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, and four traditional Celtic songs arranged for guitar by David Russell.

Fantasías is Rupert Boyd’s second solo album, and follows from his debut recording Valses Poéticos (2008), which received the following review in Soundboard, the quarterly publication of Guitar Foundation of America: “Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone… musically and technically flawless… [the Granados is] one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.” Rupert Boyd also recorded an album Songs from the Forest, with his ensemble the Australian Guitar Duo, which was described as “wonderfully entertaining” by Classical Guitar Magazine, and “very impressive” by Soundboard.

Rupert Boyd’s performing career has taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to festivals in Europe, China, India, Nepal, the Philippines and Australia. He holds degrees from the Australian National University School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University School of Music. In addition to winning the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, Rupert Boyd was a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and the Eisenberg- Fried Concerto Competition.

Speaking about Fantasías, Rupert Boyd says “I am very excited to share this new CD, which is the first solo album that I’ve recorded in eight years. The album is a collection of some of my favourite compositions for solo guitar, including classic works from the guitar canon, and a number of lesser known, but wonderful gems. It was recorded in a beautiful church and I couldn’t be happier with the clarity of the recording, which perfectly captures the church’s wonderful acoustics. In music, the title fantasia was given to pieces of no fixed form, and which were intended to be an exploration through the imagination of the composer. I like to think that this album as a whole, in just over an hour, can transport the listener on a journey that traverses over four hundred years and across four continents. I hope that all audiences, from the connoisseur of classical music, to anyone who enjoys music or the guitar can find something they love.”

For a full-track listing, biographical details, photos and concert details, please visit: www.rupertboyd.com