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.22nd September 2012. --The Arts Desk
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.September 2012. --BBC Music Magazine
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.3rd August 2012. --The Daily Telegraph
About the Artist
Phantasm 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. The award-winning ensemble has been applauded across the globe for its moving performances and is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today. Critics have described their performances and recordings as '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.