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Consort music for five and six viols
Phantasm play with the kind of sympathetic interplay that you'd expect from a crack string quartet. Gramophone
Recorded in the warm acoustic of Wadham College Chapel, Oxford this recording reveals works that seduce the listener with lyrical melodies and music of great charm.
Phantasm's rare ability to produce such a richly expressive unified sound allows the subtlety and elegance in Ward's music to be fully realised.
John Ward (ca. 1589-1638) was a noted madrigalist and contemporary of Gibbons. His viol music is of further interest due to an abundance of historical references to Pavans, Italian 'madrigalisms' and plainsong (the latter demonstrated in Ward's three examples of the In Nomine).
Phantasm, founded in 1994, catapulted into international prominence when its debut CD won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997.
Since then, Phantasm has released ten further recordings, won several awards, and become 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'.
Laurence Dreyfus - treble viol and director
Wendy Gillespie - treble and tenor viols
Jonathan Manson - tenor viol
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - bass viol
Emilia Benjamin - tenor viol
Mikko Perkola - bass viol
1. Fantasia No. 1 a6 3.25|
2. Fantasia No. 3 a6 3.34
3. Fantasia No. 6 a6 4.02
4. Fantasia No. 2 a6 2.55
5. Fantasia No. 4 a6 3.37
6. Fantasia No. 5 a6 2.38
7. Fantasia No. 7 a6 3.24
8. In Nomine No. 1 a6 3.53
9. Fantasia No. 1 a5 3.01
10. Fantasia No. 2 a5 La Rondinella 3.47
11. Fantasia No. 3 a5 3.31
12. Fantasia No. 4 a5 3.00
13. Fantasia No. 5 a5 3.08|
14. Fantasia No. 6 a5 2.50
15. Fantasia No. 7 a5 3.33
16. Fantasia No. 8 a5 3.08
17. Fantasia No. 9 a5 3.18
18. Fantasia No. 10 a5 3.18
19. Fantasia No. 11 a5 Cor Mio 3.15
20. Fantasia No. 13 a5 Non fu senze 2.57
21. Fantasia No. 12 a5 Leggiadra sei 4.25
22. In Nomine a5 3.29
23. In Nomine No. 2 a6 3.42
Total Time 77.57
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