The Virtuoso Piano Music of George Frederick Boyle

29/07/2012
Geoff Adams
Otago Daily Times (NZ)

More world premieres from the outstanding Australian label. George Frederick Boyle (1886-1948), completely forgotten today, toured 280 cities and towns in Australia and New Zealand as pianist in 1901. He impressed pianist Paderewski, who gave him advice and he became a protégé of Busoni in Europe. In 1910, he was made head of the piano department at the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, and in 1924 joined the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and soon became associated with Backhaus and the future Juilliard School of Music. Timothy Young, applauded pianist across the Tasman, dexterously plays Ballade (1921), Sonata (1925), and Five Piano Pieces (1921), all appealingly works mostly dedicated to musicians. Boyle is an interesting composer, and obviously a talented pianist to write such rapturous music.

Highlight: Piano music deservedly revived.