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This is a wonderful disc. Since their formation over 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) 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.
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