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Featuring ambitious and accomplished music for voices and viols, Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems offers a privileged glimpse of a special moment in English music history.
The four-part viol fantasies complement Phantasm's previous recording of Ward's five- and six-part works and show an equally fluent and skilful style exemplifying Jacobean consort fantasy at its best. The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Daniel Hyde, join Phantasm to perform Ward's verse anthems which contain an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of textures and generous word painting amidst a polyphonic swirl of viols. Phantasm are also joined by Emily Ashton and Christopher Terepin for this performance.
This recording is a fitting tribute to John Ward, whose efforts have been rediscovered in our own time and whose mellifluous music deserves a closer look. Phantasm's illustrious recording career has resulted in the viol consort being repeatedly recognised at the Gramophone Awards with two Awards and several ‘Finalist' nods to its name.
Phantasm's debut on Linn, Ward: Consort music for five and six viols was named a ‘Choice' recording by BBC Music Magazine whilst also receiving many five and four star reviews.