Phantasm, a quartet of viols founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus, catapulted into international prominence when its debut CD of Henry Purcell's Viol Consorts won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997. Since then, they have released 14 further recordings, won several awards, and have become recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world ... Read more in Amazon's Phantasm Store
I must the Rough Guide for recommending this CD of consort music of William Lawes who was a personal friend of Charles I and who supported him during the English Civil War. Unlike the previous reviewer I have no extensive knowledge of consort music. I found the performance of Phantasm to do a great job in perfoming this deceptively simple music. The set in G with its pavane, air on the plainsong and aire to be one of my favorite. This mostly melancholy music is quite stunningly beautiful throughout and brought tears to me eyes often. Highly recomended to all classical music lovers.
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