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Shapes of SleepSHAPES OF SLEEP

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The world between the tidesTHE WORLD BETWEEN THE TIDES , which belongs to no-one, is like the place of sleep. It is a place of withdrawal, of disturbing images, of solitude. These pieces are centuries apart, but time oblivious. The melancholy of the Elizabethan era filters down through the weight of years, casting long shadows into the works of modern composers.”

CD contents

1 Fantasia DP.72 — John Dowland 7.29 Listen to excerpt
2-4 The Blue Guitar — Michael Tippett
2   — Transforming 10.24
3   — Juggling 3.21
4   — Dreaming 9.12
5 Fantasia DP.7 — John Dowland 4.08 Listen to excerpt
6 Flow my Tears — John Dowland
(transcription by James Boyd)
6.08 Listen to excerpt
7 Nocturnal after John Dowland Op.70
— Benjamin Britten
Total playing time 62.11

Guitar – James Boyd

Producer and engineer – John Taylor

Recorded in Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 31st October – 2nd November 2004

Shapes of Sleep is presented in a six-panel board sleeve with a sixteen page booklet introducing the music.

Critical acclaim

‘Beautifully recorded at The Maltings, James Boyd’s solo debut CD is easily one of the most aesthetically satisfying classical guitar discs to have crossed my desk in many a while.… a programme that seems to form one gigantic suite of perfect proportions.’
— Robert Levett in International Record Review, December 2006
‘Lyrical style enriched by a gorgeous tone make this a guitar recital to savour. … Would that there were more classical guitarists around with Boyd’s taste and imagination.’
— William Yeoman in Gramophone, February 2007
‘…this album is a beautiful thing.’
— Phillip Clark in Classic fm magazine, March 2007
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