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Tracy Anne Smith
American Record Guide, March 2020

This record serves well as an introduction to the classical guitar to unfamiliar audiences.

A track unique to this recording is The Beatles’ song ‘Julia’, arranged by Boyd.

All in all, good listening… © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Guy Rickards
Gramophone, August 2019

Boyd is a very fine musician, as I noted on his previous release, ‘Boyd meets Girl’ (A/17). His sense of line is beautifully showcased in Bach’s Suite, while his rhythmic acuity enlivens from the onset of Jobim’s Felicidade (1958), performed here in Roland Dyens’s masterly arrangement. With Paulo Bellinati’s arrangement of Estrada branca (‘White Road’), it makes a vibrant pair of bossa nova studies.

Boyd is a near-ideal executant, catching the sharpness of the originals yet rendering them as if they were conceived wholly for the instrument. The final item, Boyd’s own technically assured arrangement of John Lennon’s ‘Julia’, makes for a quiet, slightly downbeat encore. Sono Luminus’s sound, engineered by Daniel Shores, is top-notch. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Will Yeoman
Limelight, July 2019

Fine playing from an Australian guitarist in New York.

A selection of Brouwer’s simple-yet-sophisticated Estudios Sencillos is as welcome as it is rare, Boyd highlighting the Bachian as much as the Afro-Cuban elements. They’re a perfect preparation for Piazzolla’s Milonga del Angel and La Muerte del Angel, which find Boyd at his expressive best. Lennon and McCartney’s Julia brings this terrific recital to a disarmingly simple end. © 2019 Limelight Read complete review



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, May 2019

The Guitar is the third solo album from the Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd, and pays homage to the instrument’s ability to embrace a truly wide range of repertoire…

It’s a nicely balanced program that always holds your interest and has much to offer, with clean, resonant and idiomatic playing throughout. © 2019 The WholeNote Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), May 2019

New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” by Gramophone as a “fine guitarist,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” In his third solo album, Boyd pays tribute to the guitar in a program of works by Bach, Sor, Jobim, Lennon, Piazzolla, and two composers still very much alive and working, Cuba’s Leo Brouwer and Australia’s Graeme Koehne. © 2019 WFMT (Chicago)




KDFC Radio, May 2019

In his new album, The Guitar, acclaimed Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd has put together a wide-ranging program of guitar selections, bridging the centuries from Bach to The Beatles. Listen for tracks highlighted on the air this week on KDFC. © 2019 KDFC Radio



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2019

…A seminal compositional voice for the guitar, Fernando Sor (1778-1839) and a stirring performance of his “Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart.” Rupert brings melody and accompaniment into a lively interplay that takes on a distinctness that is a treat to experience.

The concluding Beatles “Julia” gains a poignancy in Rupert’s own nylon guitar arrangement that brings us full circle to the “popular” and in the process runs a fine gamut and shows Rupert Boyd’s versatile savvy.

Bravo Boyd! If he is the future of classical guitar we are in good hands. © 2019 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Read complete review


Rafael de Acha
Rafael’s Music Notes, April 2019

The Australian born Boyd must have been alive in a prior incarnation among the brown men who write choros about the possibility of perfect love and, in another life, hung out with Bach in a Leipzig café.

He plays the Suite in E Major, BWV 1006 with classical clarity, artful articulation and eloquence, and follows that with a perfect Introduction and Variation on a Theme of Mozart by Fernando Sor. © 2019 Rafael’s Music Notes Read complete review





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