I Set a5 in g – Fantazya; the Playnsong: a5; Aire a5
II Set a5 in a [Fantasy no1]; Fantazia a5 [no 2; [Aire] a5
III Set a5 in c - Fantazia a5; Aire a5 [no 1]; Paven a5; Aire a5 [no 2]
V Set a5 in C - Fantzy a5; Paven a5; [Aire] a5
VI Set a6 in g - Paven a6; Fantazy a6; Aire a6
VIII Set a6 in F - Aire a6 [no 1]; Fantazy a6 [no 1]; Aire a6 [no 2]; Fantazy a6 [no 2]
IX Set a6 in B flat; Aire a6; IInominy a6
Laurence Dreyfus (treble viol and director), Wendy Gillespie (treble viol), Jonathan Manson (tenor viol), Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (bass viol) with Emilia Benjamin (tenor viol) & Mikko Perkola (bass viol)
This latest recording honours the celebrated English Renaissance composer, William Lawes who is most remembered today for his sublime viol consort suites.
The award-winning ensemble has been widely acclaimed for its previous recordings with Linn; its 2011 recording of William Byrd was named ‘Disc of the Month’ by BBC Music and its 2009 Linn debut of music by John Ward was described as ‘stunning’ by Gramophone.
William Lawes was one of Charles I's most valued musicians praised for his elaborate and complex, rich and passionate, yet poised and dignified works.
The quartet has been applauded across the globe for their moving performances, which embrace the magical works of Lawes.
Phantasm is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.
Critics have called their performances and recordings: 'intoxicating', 'revelatory', 'electrifying', 'interpretations pervaded by a truly burning spirit'.
The quartet’s international members (from Britain, Finland and the US) are based in Oxford and have toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and East Asia.
William Lawes: Consort Sett a 5 No. 1 in G Minor
II. On the Playnsong
William Lawes: Consort Sett a 5 No. 2 in A Minor
William Lawes: Consort Sett a 5 No. 3 in C Minor
William Lawes: Consort Sett a 5 No. 5 in C Major
William Lawes: Consort Sett a 6 No. 6 in G Minor
William Lawes: Consort Sett a 6 No. 8 in F Major
William Lawes: Consort Sett a 6 No. 9 in B-Flat Major
24th June 2012
“Dreyfus’s commentaries on these 23 pieces are as detailed as they are passionate...These two beautifully performed sets of fantasies, airs and pavans ...[are] full of suave angularities and delicious dissonances, captivating for liveliness and melancholy alike.”
3rd August 2012
“this new recording wins the palm. The balance between viols and organ is far superior, and the group is more attuned to the emotional extremes under the music’s grave surface. Their performance of the Aire from the Set a6 in G is nearly twice as fast as [Hesperion XXI's], and is gripped by an astonishing, stinging intensity.”
“Phantasm and organist Daniel Hyde capture the mercurial nature of the music in these poised, erudite accounts, which include some unusual versions not previously available on CD. The players animate Lawes's stately dances with fleet rhythms, elucidate his dark counterpoint and create an aptly vaporous quality in his more haunting, ethereal pieces...Linn's surround-sound allows you to wallow in the midst of it all.”
The Arts Desk
22nd September 2012
“The pieces for viol consort on this gorgeous Linn release are consistently astonishing. It’s not just Phantasm’s luxuriant sound – listening to a well-played viol ensemble is like bathing in warm chocolate – more that Lawes’s music is so endlessly entertaining...The package is rendered complete by erudite, exuberant sleeve notes by Phantasm’s director William [sic] Dreyfus, whose enthusiasm for Lawes’s music is intoxicating.”
“As on previous discs, Phantasm, under the direction of Laurence Dreyfus (tenor viol) with Daniel Hyde on the organ, give immaculate performances, not least in that elaborate Fantasia in C minor, described in the notes as the 'craggiest' movement buit in fact exhilarating in the elaboration of its counterpoint...First-rate Linn recording.”