Friday, September 30, 2016

Midwest Record Reveals A Fiona Boyes Secret

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“With her latest release we can now let the cat out of the bag. Fiona is Boyes middle name, her first name is The Great.… Boyes is sounding like she's on the run from Piedmont and the delta with hell hounds on her tail and they think she's a steak. With an audio team that puts her front and center in your face… using her amazing command of all the authentic, traditional moves, particularly no matter what instrument she's picking on, she will just blow you all the way away. A simple, most unadorned presentation, never sounded so hot before. Killer stuff throughout.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Classical Candor Reviews Moszkowski: From Foreign Lands

“Most of this material is lightweight, to be sure, yet it's also most delightful in the capable hands of West and his players. The opening "Torch Dance" has a rousing spirit. The six movements of "From Foreign Lands" are colorful and characterful, each exemplifying a different country. They reminded me of things by maybe Glazunov, Gounod, or Rimsky-Korsakov. In their time (the late nineteenth century), the "Foreign Lands" suite was apparently quite famous, although today audiences might find the music hopelessly Romantic. Personally, I love Romantic music, hopeless as it (and I) may be. This is a charming and easily pleasing set of tunes.” —John J. Puccio, Classical Candor

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fiona Boyes “Professin' the Blues” is a “Gem”

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“Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Fiona Boyes is an earthy force of nature. Her gravelly vocal timbre is straight out of the red dirt of the Outback. No swishy Blues affectation, here. You'll be getting as honest a voice as you've heard in a long time. 'So bloody refreshing', as the Aussies might say. … It seems to be a project that each Reference stakeholder got behind. It's a gem, musically and technically. … Boyes has a way of drawing in the listener into her stories. It's very intimate, very personal. Like Bille Holiday and Bessie Smith, Boyes takes you on her journey. … You'll enjoy the ride. … Now, to the recording. Equally brilliant and honest. The instrumentation is so unique — cardboard box as a drum, tambourines, children's bongos, shakers, and other unique percussive instruments — Johnson has a field day. The recording captures in flawless detail the myriad of colours of all the instruments. … It's not only a technical tour de force, it's one of the most musical albums it has been my pleasure to review this year. Very highly recommended.” —Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fiona Boyes Plays “One Rule For You”

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One Rule For You


The notion of power and its potential misuse is not a new theme in my songwriting. It’s unfortunate that a highly developed sense of entitlement often leads people to behave badly. Although this song is about a particular person and situation, I think there is a universal element to it. No names to protect the guilty – but some folks may recognise the scenario!

Monday, September 26, 2016

San Francisco Ballet Orchestra's Moszkowski Gets Four Stars From Audiophile Audition

“These are memorable and melodious orchestral compositions which, especially in their full orchestra versions, seem much more than mere salon pieces from the 19th century. The opening Torch Dance is based on a tradition at some German weddings in a certain area of a dance with torches featured. The From Foreign Lands is a nearly half-hour suite which has been a San Francisco Ballet performance. This ballet orchestra is one of the leading ones in the world, and the excellent recording was made in the low-noise environment of Skywalker Sound with engineer Keith O. Johnson.…” —John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

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Martin West


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fanfare Strongly Recommends Wuthering Heights

Fanfare Magazine's James Altena sees Carlisle Floyd as a leading voice of American Opera and welcomes Wuthering Heights into his collection:

“Here is a composer who writes in an accessible but never simplistic or retrograde tonal vocabulary; has a sound grasp of what makes operas work dramatically in terms of subject matter, plotting, and pacing; and crafts compelling music that vividly illustrates his texts (Floyd writes his own librettos) while yet placing them in expressive, arcing melodic lines. In particular, to anyone who has encountered it, his early opera Susannah is a stunning work of genius;…and now [I] am most pleased to welcome into my home the premiere recording of his next opera in order of composition, Wuthering Heights. … It is uncommon enough nowadays for recordings of major standard repertoire works to receive consistently well-cast performances; all the more credit to the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee and Reference Recordings, then, for assembling such a uniformly strong vocal cast here. There is simply not a single weak link in the chain, even in the comprimario roles of Lockwood (tenor Aaron Short), Joseph (tenor Frank Kelly), or Mr. Earnshaw (bass Matthew Burns). … The Milwaukee Symphony under Joseph Mechavich plays with conviction and polish…I am overjoyed to have this set. Those who think great opera died with Puccini’s Turandot, or perhaps with Britten’s Peter Grimes, should acquire this opera…Very strongly recommended.” —James A. Altena, Fanfare


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BBC Music Magazine Gives Wuthering Heights Four Stars

The Florentine Opera Company and Milwaukee Symphony's new recording of Carlisle Floyd's Wuthering Heights gets four stars from BBC Music Magazine in their October 2016 Issue:

“In this studio recording following a concert performance by Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Kelly Markgraf and Georgia Jarman make a powerful impression as the ill-fated couple, and Chad Shelton's incisive Hindley and Heather Buck's sweet Isabella also stand out amidst a strong cast. … Under opera specialist Joseph Mechavich, the Milwaukee Symphony makes its contribution with relish…” —Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine

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