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5.0 out of 5 stars Gibbon's genius realised at last, 21 Oct 2004
This review is from: Consorts for Viols (Audio CD)
This is the english early music disc that I thought only existed in my head. Phantasm live this music as one, there's a total unanimity of purpose in their playing and flawless it .Musical lines flow and overlap one another in glorious counterpoint. The recording itself is rich and sonorous, the group captured in an appropriately old college chapel in Oxford. I know this disc has already won a Gramophone award, so I can only add to the praise it gathered. But the special attraction for me is that the playing and the music are spellbinding and transport back in time to another era.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style, taste, passion, wit and fun, 27 Jun 2005
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I've heard an awful lot of viol consort CDs - and this must surely be one of the two or three very best ever. I know this is supposed to be a review but, faced with such utter perfection in every department - programming, playing, production, presentation - I just give up and instead urge you to buy! Worry Gibbons's anthems wouldn't work instrumentally? Well you'd be hard pressed to hear them sung as well as Phantasm play them here - same for the keyboard pieces. I'm off to get their other discs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music styishly performed, 13 May 2011
This review is from: Consorts for Viols (Audio CD)
For those whose musical tastes embrace the viol consort repertoire, this is a very desirable disc. The music is great, the performers are first class, and the selection of pieces is generous and intelligently designed. As the booklet acknowledges, the controversial aspect of the publication is the inclusion of pieces transcribed from Gibbons' keyboard and vocal repertoires. Personally, I welcome that and have no problem with the idea. The only misgivings I have are with the tempi of some of the pieces. Try as I may, I can't quite accept the Lord of Salisbury's Pavan played that slowly. Even so, the disc deserves top marks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phantasm: Gibbons - Consorts for Viols, 15 Aug 2013
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A superb disc that brings more pleasure at each replaying. Glorious and satisfying music superbly well played by Phantasm & guest players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phantastic, 30 Jan 2014
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Orlando Gibbons's consort music shines, especially when played by Phantasm. The small trace of vibrato within their technique does actually work for this repertoire, although I was a little skeptical at first. The renditions have depth and vitality with remarkably perceptive musicianship and historic integrity. The transcriptions, from keyboard and voices, do work particularly well and one can imagine the nod of approval from the composer. The glowing acoustics of Merton College Chapel works rather well for this lovely recording.
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