The Gramophone Award-winning Phantasm celebrates William Lawes with a sublime collection of premiere recordings with guest musician Elizabeth Kenny.
Described as 'one of the greatest collections of ensemble dance music ever composed', Lawes' Royal Consort is full of astounding moments of striking musical invention. Guest musicians Elizabeth Kenny on theorbo, Emily Ashton on tenor viol and organist Daniel Hyde join Phantasm to honour the celebrated English Renaissance composer. This sublime collection boasts a range and depth of expression, which excites both mind and body through Lawes' startlingly individual pieces.
This recording is the first complete recording of Lawes' version of the Royal Consorts for four viols and theorbo. Phantasm, under the direction of Laurence Dreyfus, presents a passionate and insightful look into this adventurous music. The result is a rich and warm recording of technical brilliance that takes the listener deep into the harmonically rich world of Lawes.
Phantasm's previous recording of Lawes, Consorts to the Organ, was both a Gramophone Awards finalist and a BBC Music Magazine Award nominee in 2013.
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'...sumptuous harmonies that will make you gasp out loud every time...the ensemble sound is luxuriantly rich.' The Guardian
A 'Disc of the Year' BBC Radio 3's CD Review
Flavorful Picks from 2015 Iowa Public Radio
Choice: 'Phantasm's playing brims with imaginative fantasy and dance-like momentum.' Gramophone
Disc of the Week: '[enjoy the] ingenious, original world of William Lawes, [the consort's] soulful understanding [and Laurence Dreyfus'] detailed, passionate and scholarly [notes].' BBC Radio 3's CD Review
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