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Phantasm

Phantasm

Phantasm, a quartet of viols 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, they have become recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.




Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems
Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems
Phantasm offers a privileged glimpse of a special moment in English music history. 

CKD 427  

Gibbons: Consorts for Viols
Gibbons: Consorts for Viols
Phantasm won a 2004 Gramophone Award for its recording of Viol Consorts by Gibbons. 

BKD 486  

Four Temperaments
Four Temperaments
Phantasm perform a ravishing recording of the repertoire in which they excel. 

BKD 487  

Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
The seventh volume in the perpetually popular Linn Collection series. 

AKP 459  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ
William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ
Phantasm explore the music of William Lawes in this, their third recording for Linn. 

CKD 399  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

William Byrd: Complete Consort Music
William Byrd: Complete Consort Music
The only complete collection of William Byrd's consort music. 

CKD 372  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The fourth volume in Linn's popular sampler series. A mouth-watering selection of 2008-09 tracks. 

AKP 357  

John Ward: Consort music for five and six viols
John Ward: Consort music for five and six viols
Phantasm's debut recording on Linn Records explores the music of John Ward 

CKD 339  

Phantasm is an award-winning consort of viols founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus; it has since become recognized as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today. The ensemble catapulted into international prominence when its debut album of works by Henry Purcell won a Gramophone Award for ‘Best Baroque Instrumental Recording' in 1997. Since then, the consort has travelled the world over, performing in festivals and concert series in cities such as Vienna, Prague, Tokyo, Istanbul, Helsinki and Washington DC.

Recent engagements have included the Wigmore Hall Early Music series in London, Barcelona Early Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, Lufthansa Early Music Festival in London, Aldeburgh Festival, BRQ Festival in Finland, Hong Kong International Arts Festival, Vienna Resonances Festival, Stockholm Early Music Festival, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and De Bijloke Hall in Ghent. Phantasm's fourteen recordings have won consistent praise, and several of them have received awards, including a Gramophone Award in 2004, for the music of Orlando Gibbons, which was also a finalist for ‘Record of the Year'. The ensemble's first recording on the Scottish label Linn (named Gramophone's ‘Label of the Year' in 2010) was devoted to the consort works of the seventeenth-century composer John Ward and was a 'Choice' recording in BBC Music Magazine as well as a finalist for the 2010 Gramophone ‘Early Music' Award. Its Linn recording of the complete consort music of William Byrd was awarded a Diapason d'Or, selected as ‘Disc of the Month' by BBC Music Magazine and named a finalist for Gramophone's best Early Music Recording' in 2011. Phantasm's 2012 recording of William Lawes's Consorts to the Organ was ‘Chamber Choice' in BBC Music Magazine and was nominated for ‘Best Chamber Recording' at the journal's annual award ceremony in 2013.

Phantasm's members (from Britain, Finland and the USA) have been based at the University of Oxford since 2005, when they were appointed Consort-in-Residence. In 2010, the ensemble began a new association as Consort-in-Residence at Magdalen College, where it performs, nurtures viol-consort playing among the students, and collaborates with Magdalen College Choir under its director, Daniel Hyde.


For further information - www.phantasm.org.uk
Management -
Laurence Dreyfus
Postal address: Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU

Email: mailto:administrator@phantasm.org.uk

ICMA Nominations Announced
20 November 2014
Five Linn Recordings Nominated
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2013 Gramophone Award Finalists Announced
29 July 2013
Dunedin Consort and Phantasm named Finalists
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Phantasm nominated for Award
11 January 2013
BBC Music Magazine shortlist announced
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Phantasm in the charts
27 August 2012
Number 16 in the UK Specialist Chart
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BBC Music Magazine awards Phantasm's recording...
30 July 2012
...Chamber Choice for William Lawes
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Phantasm enters the US Billboard Chart
28 November 2011
with their William Byrd album
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Awards nod for Retrospect and Phantasm
21 November 2011
International Classical Music Awards nominees announced
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Gramophone Award Finalists Announced
16 August 2011
Retrospect Ensemble, Phantasm and Avison Ensemble nominated
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Phantasm's Byrd is Editor's Choice
05 August 2011
Gramophone chooses the "simply divine" Phantasm
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Laurence Dreyfus BBC Music Magazine Interview
07 July 2011
The founder of Phantasm discusses the varied and surprising world of Byrd.
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Linn Records Nominated for Six International Classical Music Awards
02 December 2010
Linn Records is proud to announce that six Linn recordings have been nomiated for the 2011 International Classical Music Awards.
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2010 Gramophone Awards Finalists announced
23 August 2010
Two Linn recordings make the shortlist
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Phantasm's success in Utrecht
01 September 2009
two standing ovations for the viol ensemble
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The Observer
4 Stars
'luminous clarity'
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Toccata
Germany's Toccata sits down with Laurence Dreyfus
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Early Music America
'effortless yet engaged approach'
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Gramophone
'First-rate Linn Recording.'
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Musica Dei
'Their performances are technically brilliant and they play with much imagination and zest.'
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
'This recording is one of the absolute highlights of this year'
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Listen
'This is a luxuriant discovery.'
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American Record Guide
'The performances here are excellent and the recorded sound rich and warm.'
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Medieval Music & Arts Foundation
' the result is compelling, including passages as surprising as anything Lawes wrote'


International Record Review
'the ideal ensemble for music so rich in dissonance, unwieldy counterpoint and innovative use of homophonic techniques.'
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Ensemble
'a treat'
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The Oxonian Review
'...one slips away into a phantasmal and lawless world'
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The Arts Desk
'... consistently astonishing'
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Musicweb International
'Marvels and masterpieces...'
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Baker and Taylor CD hotlist
'No early music collection should be without this recording'.
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Choir & Organ
5 Stars
'This is music that reveals more and more levels of sophisticated invention with repeated playing.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Chamber Music Choice: 'The consort sound is luminescent...'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'L'interprétation de Phantasm est très sensible et merveilleusement transparent au niveau de l'ensemble des violes.'
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Viola da Gamba Society of America
'a strong and fascinating approach'
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cdhotlist.com
'The group that seems to be taking over as the world's preeminent viol consort.'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'Their playing is revelatory. The recording properly intimate, warm and truthful, and it’s from Linn Records.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'played to perfection'
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Buffalo News
4½ Stars
'Phantasm shine a light wonderfully on this under served talent.'
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The Telegraph
5 Stars
'Phantasm...reveal[s] the composer's sonorous magic.'
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Early Music Review
'Great music, stunningly played...'
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Early Music Review
'An absolute joy of a disc.'
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Klassiek
'Highly recommended for lovers of music for the viola da gamba!'
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Musical Toronto
5 Stars
'Even so, most of this music is gorgeous, clear in its emotional content, amply conveyed in the beauty that emanates from this lucky pairing of composer and interpreters.'
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Musicweb International
'If anything, the new Phantasm recording is even better than anything they have already done.'
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InfoDad.com
4 Stars
'The members and guests of the ensemble Phantasm take great delight in bringing this music back to life...'
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Words & Music
4 Stars
'Phantasm's disc is an excellent shot.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'Beautifully done'
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The Observer
'This internationally acclaimed viol ensemble, with organist Daniel Hyde, bring all to shadowy life, the immediacy and intimacy captured expertly by the Linn engineers. Give this music your full attention - and be astonished.'
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AllMusic.com
4 Stars
'strongly recommended'
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The Consort
'...their performances are models of precision and clarity...'


The Sunday Times
'These two beautifully performed sets of fantasies...are full of suave angularities and delicious dissonances, captivating for liveliness and melancholy alike.'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
‘...William Lawes whose harmonic baring is beautifully laid bare in these bold and theatrical performances from Phantasm with the plaintively seductive sound of Laurence Dreyfus's treble viol on top of the texture; Daniel Hyde's chamber organ doubling and underpinning that strangely shifting sound world.'
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Irish Times
5 Stars
'Phantasm's sympathetic performances should win new friends for this sometimes almost bewildering music.'
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Fanfare
"Phantasm captures all the dimensions of this music...Highly recommended."
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American Record Guide
'Beautiful sound.'
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Fanfare
'...this disc is highly recommended...'
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Australian Viola da Gamba Society Newsletter
'The ensemble is faultless...'
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allmusic.com
4 Stars
'...each viol seems to purr and to die away in a rainbow of colors.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Disc of the Month: 'Ensemble and intonation are flawless...'
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Musical Pointers
'A marvellous disc...'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: "...the playing is quite simply divine"
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: ..."it's a winner. Pure enjoyment."
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International Record Review
'...Phantasm presents performances which are full of character, commitment and complete confidence.'
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Turok Choice
The music is lovely'.
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Gramophone
'It's another one of those delicious Linn recordings that ensures the label's output is always worth exploring...'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'One of my favorite items on the program is the second Fantasia...'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...revelatory recording...'
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The Arts Desk
"You're continually surprised by the potency of Byrd's musical imagination...Blissful."
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Diapason
5 Stars
Diapason d'Or: "...an exceptional success"
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Diapason
5 Stars
Diapason d'Or: "...une réussite exceptionnelle"
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'Their sound is soft and luxuriant [and] beautifully captured...'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'The performances here are excellent, and the recording as good as possible for a viol consort.'
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BBC Radio 3 CD Review
'...real rhythmic vitality, warmth, full-blooded sonority and urgently communicative musicianship.'
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MusicWeb International
"The new Linn recording...is very welcome."
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Independent on Sunday
"Phantasm's new recording is intoxicating...faultless, the sound sweet but never cloying."
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Hi-Fi Critic
"There is much beauty here..."
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Scherzo
'Excepcionial' Award: "...este sensacional registro que reivindica sobradamente a un compositor un tanto oscurecido."
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Melomano
"...del grupo británico posee la profuse capacidad de producer un sonido armonioso y apto enteramente para encontrar grandes dotes de musicalidad."
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muszeroldal.hu
"Ezen a szép lemezen a mintegy négyszáz éve..."
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Classical.Net
"This is a gem...Very warmly recommended."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"...this album is pretty much self-recommending."
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Opus Musica
"La interpretación es modélica..."
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Fanfare
"Chalk up another success for Phantasm...They do a real service for Ward's consort music..."
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Classic FM Magazine
4 Stars
"Phantasm plays with a delicate balance."
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Gramophone
"The results on this disc are stunning..."
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International Record Review
"...a sheer delight..."
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SoundStage.com
4 Stars
"The overall sound is intimate, and it effectively transports the listener back to another age."
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
BBC Music Choice: "Phantasm's playing is impeccable..."
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The Scotsman
"...luxuriant, pure-grained performances..."
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BBC Radio 3 CD Review
Playing of real eloquence
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The Observer
"warmly resonant playing..."
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