Phantasm adds to its critically-acclaimed repertory of English viol consort music with the first recording in what will be a series exploring the music of Matthew Locke. A turbulent musical personality, Locke has much to endear him to ‘lovers of consort music’; his ceaseless and obsessive quest for variety ensures music of maximum breadth and diversity. Director Laurence Dreyfus has created an intriguing programme that showcases Locke’s rule-bending approach featuring music that is in turn quirky and humorous, lyrical and sweet. Most excitingly, this release reunites the partnership of Phantasm and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, whose last album together, Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears, won both a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d’Or de l’Année. Locke’s part-writing, and the oftentimes orchestral dimension of his approach, are both highlighted by the opulent realization of the continuo part, devised here with supreme inventive powers by Kenny.

"Performances by Laurence Dreyfus's ensemble Phantasm are always worth treasuring, although there's a special glory about this album devoted to Matthew Locke..."
The Times, 5 October 2018
"Performance 5* / Recording 5* - With weightless bowing and wispy articulation, Locke's dance music floats and contrapuntal threads are woven into a fabric sheer as gossamer...Phantasm trips the light fantastic, with Elizabeth Kenny's drumming theorbo adding pizzazz."
BBC Music Magazine, January 2019
"4.5* - All releases by Phantasm are well worth listening to but this one, dedicated to the music of Locke, excels even by their high standards."
iClassical, 30 October 2018
"4.5* - ...the music is realized to its fullest dimensions...and the details of Locke’s quirky music are crisply rendered."
All Music, 19 November 2018
"So alive not just for the lightness of the dance movements but also the extraordinary harmonic twists and turns of Locke’s fantazie movements...The playing is everything we’ve come to expect from Phantasm."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review', 6 October 2018
"...it’s a very fine recording...another plus for this recording is that it reunites the Phantasm ensemble with the lutenist Elizabeth Kenny..."
RTE Lyric FM 'Sound Out', 9 December 2018
"This is a lovely CD oozing musicality from every pore, and Phantasm and Elizabeth Kenny provide expert guidance through every twist and turn of Locke’s rich imagination.""
Early Music Review, 8 January 2019
"Indisputably superb...It is recordings of this calibre that will attract new listeners to the English consort repertoire."
Gramophone, November 2018
"...this disc is a veritable cornucopia of delights. Not just ‘for lovers of consort music’, then, but for all lovers of chamber music, immaculately conceived and executed. Essential listening indeed!"
Europadisc, 12 October 2018
"It is always a pleasure to greet a new release by viol consort Phantasm...and this offering of suites by Matthew Locke is no exception."
Fanfare