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  • Conductor: Laurence Dreyfus
  • Composer: John Jenkins
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B000NJKYOU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fantasy 1 in G
  2. Fantasy 7 in c
  3. Fantasy 9 in c
  4. Fantasy 17 in C
  5. Pavan 2 in g
  6. Fantasy 11 in c
  7. Fantasy 6 in g
  8. Fantasy 13 in d
  9. Fantasy 15 in D
  10. Fantasy 12 in d
  11. Fantasy 16 in D
  12. Fantasy 14 in d
  13. Fantasy 3 in g
  14. Fantasy 8 in c
  15. Pavan 1 in G
  16. Fantasy 5 in g
  17. Fantasy 2 in g
  18. Fantasy 4 in d
  19. Fantasy 10 in c
  20. Pavan 3 in F

Product Description

The raft of awards and critical acclaim amassed by Phantasm for their three previous Avie releases have appropriately translated into public adulation for this most extraordinary of viol ensembles. The group's ear-opening approach to music-making creates a richness of sound unmatched by any other viol ensemble playing today.

Phantasm's second offering in its Jenkins series surveys his Five-Part Consorts. Recorded here complete for the first time, they are even more lavish than his six-part pieces, and undoubtedly establish him as one of the most refined and accomplished contrapuntists of the 17th century. The Five-Part Consorts find Jenkins at the height of his compositional powers, fashioning experimental works which are at once sensuous and challenging to both players and listeners. As with all previous Phantasm releases, founder-director Laurence Dreyfus provides the eminently fascinating and informative booklet note, and concludes: "Let me come straight out with it. Jenkins is a marvel."

Recorded 2006

Personnel:

Laurence Dreyfus - (treble viol and director), Wendy Gillespie - (treble viol), Jonathan Manson - (tenor viol), Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - (bass viol), Mikko Perkola - (bass viol)

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful disc. Since their formation getting on for twenty 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 (as is its companion disc of Jenkins's Six-Part Consorts Jenkins: Six-Part Consorts /Phantasm and the equally good one of Ward's Consort Music Ward: Consort Music for Five and Six Viols /Phantasm.)
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HASH(0x962607ec) out of 5 stars The New Kid on the Block 29 Nov. 2007
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are precious few fully-skilled professional gamba consorts on the planet these days. The British ensemble Fretwork virtually owned the repertoire over the past three decades, and their mellow, meditative style of performance has dominated our audience expectations of what a closed consort of four to six violas da gamba should sound like.

Phantasm is the "new kid on the block" of such gamba consorts, and they have a different sound - more incisive, brisker, closer to the bridge. To my ears, they bring the timbre of the gamba closer to that of the modern string quartet, and for that reason perhaps they will appeal to modern sensibilities. I like their sound, though at first I wondered why they didn't play more like Fretwork. Hey! The good news is that there's room in the CD catalogue for two (or more) excellent gamba ensembles.

The music of John Jenkins ranks close to that of William Lawes and Matthew Locke in complexity of voicing and sonorous elegance. Never heard of Lawes or Locke? I'm not surprised. The great wealth of English music of the 17th C lay forgotten from the "continental putsch" of the Hanoverian era until the Early Music revival of our times. The Elizabethan/Jacobian gamba consort repertoire sounds like nothing else before or since. Not until late Haydn and Mozart did any chamber music approach it in emotional expression. This is not difficult music to enjoy. "Try it, you'll like it!" as my Bubbe used to say.
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HASH(0x962607f8) out of 5 stars Another beauty from Phantasm 6 Feb. 2012
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful disc. Since their formation getting on for twenty 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 (as is its companion disc of Jenkins's Six-Part Consorts J Jenkins: Six-Part Consorts /Phantasm and the equally good one of Ward's Consort Music John Ward: Consort music for five and six viols.)
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