This is the fourth and sadly the last of Graham Lea-Cox's survey of Boyce's odes, oratorios and masques for ASV Gaudeamus. The series has been a triumph: the British Baroque has never sounded so good. The main offering here is the early Pindar's Ode, written in 1740 for one of London's first musical 'clubs', the Apollo Academy, for which Boyce also composed the Ode for St Cecilia's Day and the oratorio, David's Lamentation (reviewed, respectively, in the May 2000 and March 2001 issues). Pindar's Ode polishes up very nicely; it is given here in the revised version of 1741 prepared for a performance by the Dublin Philharmonic Society and the same extraordinary soloists for whom Handel wrote Messiah. There are some marvellously expressive arias, including 'Pious Mariners', richly served up by Michael George, and a fine 'rage' aria ('Angry flames') which Charles Daniels rattles through with great gusto. Treble Patrick Burrowes is less secure, though, than on earlier volumes in the series. From his twilight years we also get Boyce's Ode for the New Year (1774), the 34th such piece he wrote for George II and George III during his long tenure as Master of the King's Musick. Ephemeral it may have been (destined for just a single rehearsal and performance), but Boyce didn't skimp. Just like Purcell in his court odes, Boyce transcends the limitations of the text, and in the final aria, 'Myriads they see', creates something of lasting value (nicely sung by Andrew Johnson). Enthusiastically performed; enthusiastically recommended.