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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous consort music, 25 Oct 2009
Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
This is a wonderful disc. Since their formation fifteen years ago Phantasm have established themselves as one of the world's very finest viol consorts and the musicianship, verve and sheer beauty of sound evident in their previous recordings (their wonderful 2004 Gibbons disc, for example Gibbons: Consorts for Viols /Phantasm) runs right through this one, too.

Jenkins was active in the first half of the 17th century - roughly contemporary with William Lawes - but rather resisted the incoming Italian fashion for lighter, sonata-like compositions and pursued the English consort tradition of continuous polyphonic writing in which each voice in the viol consort has an equal importance throughout. The result is dense and resonant, rich in musical invention and variety of themes and moods. This, combined with the excellence of the performance and the superb quality of the recorded sound, made this disc thoroughly captivating for me. You can listen with care to the interplay of instruments and find real musical interest throughout, or just let the fabulous sound enfold you like a comfort blanket. Very warmly recommended.

(By the way, if you have an interest in this music you may also be interested in the budget re-release of Fretwork's outstanding recordings of William Lawes - another absolute gem.Lawes: The Consort Setts for 5 & 7 viols and organ)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reviewers are right, 2 Jun 2014
Lance Edwards (derbyshire UK) - See all my reviews
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I loved the playing on this disc and on the strength of it I am now jettisoning my very good Lawes consorts with orgain (Fretwork) in favour of the Phantasm recording of these works.
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