Lawes: Consorts To The Organ / Phantasm
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid
Lawes, W: Consort Music I Set a5 in g – Fantazya; the Playnsong: a5; Aire a5 II Set a5 in a [Fantasy no1]; Fantazia a5 [no 2; [Aire] a5 III Set a5 in c - Fantazia a5; Aire a5 [no 1]; Paven a5; Aire a5 [no 2] V Set a5 in C - Fantzy a5; Paven a5; [Aire] a5 VI Set a6 in g - Paven a6; Fantazy a6; Aire a6 VIII Set a6 in F - Aire a6 [no 1]; Fantazy a6 [no 1]; Aire a6 [no 2]; Fantazy a6 [no 2] IX Set a6 in B flat; Aire a6; IInominy a6 Laurence Dreyfus (treble viol and director), Wendy Gillespie (treble viol), Jonathan Manson (tenor viol), Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (bass viol) with Emilia Benjamin (tenor viol) & Mikko Perkola (bass viol) Phantasm
This latest recording honours the celebrated English Renaissance composer, William Lawes who is most remembered today for his sublime viol consort suites. The award-winning ensemble has been widely acclaimed for its previous recordings with Linn; its 2011 recording of William Byrd was named ‘Disc of the Month’ by BBC Music and its 2009 Linn debut of music by John Ward was described as ‘stunning’ by Gramophone. William Lawes was one of Charles I's most valued musicians praised for his elaborate and complex, rich and passionate, yet poised and dignified works. The quartet has been applauded across the globe for their moving performances, which embrace the magical works of Lawes. Phantasm is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today. Critics have called their performances and recordings: 'intoxicating', 'revelatory', 'electrifying', 'interpretations pervaded by a truly burning spirit'. The quartet’s international members (from Britain, Finland and the US) are based in Oxford and have toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and East Asia.