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5.0 out of 5 stars Lawes consort of 6 parts, 17 Nov 2009
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William Lawes was one of the greatest composer's during the first half of the 17th century.His consort of 6 parts was his last major work before he was tragically killed in 1645 fighting for his patron King Charles 1st.It robbed the musical world of a creative genius and one only wonders what more lavish compositions would have flowed from his pen.

Lawes 5 part consort is good but it's in his 6 part consort that he shines the brightest,which the superb ensemble Phantasm take full advantage of.Their playing is immaculate,which is exactly what this music demands and they are recorded with great care.Lawes consort music is more experimental than his distinguished contemporary John Jenkins.

English 17th century consort music continued to flourish after Lawes and Jenkins with Matthew Locke's 4 part consort before reaching it's peak with Henry Purcell's trio sonatas.
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