The four-part viol fantasies complement Phantasm's previous recording of Ward's five- and six-part works and show an equally fluent and skilful style exemplifying Jacobean consort fantasy at its best. The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Daniel Hyde, join Phantasm to perform Ward's verse anthems which contain an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of textures and generous word painting amidst a polyphonic swirl of viols. Phantasm are also joined by Emily Ashton and Christopher Terepin for this performance.
This recording is a fitting tribute to John Ward, whose efforts have been rediscovered in our own time and whose mellifluous music deserves a closer look. Phantasm's illustrious recording career has resulted in the viol consort being repeatedly recognised at the Gramophone Awards with two Awards and several ‘Finalist' nods to its name.
Phantasm's debut on Linn, Ward: Consort music for five and six viols was named a ‘Choice' recording by BBC Music Magazine whilst also receiving many five and four star reviews.
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'Phantasm is simply the best viol consort around...Melodic shaping, changes of mood, and variations of styles and tempos are everywhere on display...'more >>Classical Ear
'The four viol-players of Phantasm are a fluent, resonant string quartet whose dark, treacle-rich tones blend beautifully with the Choir of Magdalen College. A captivating album.'more >>MusicWeb International
'As Phantasm play with such an understanding of musical direction ones attention never wavers...'more >>The Oxford Times
'A phantastic CD from Phantasm'more >>Audiophile Audition
'The works are luscious in sound...In this case, hear they must, and in sound and performances like this, it's hard to beat.'more >>Gramophone
'Phantasm play with their customary verve...The current Magdalen choir has a range of marvellous voices...'more >>Early Music Review
'This raises Ward in my estimation, and it is well worth buying.'more >>Classical CD Review
'Superb. An essential disk for those interested in this repertory.'more >>The Observer
'luminous clarity'more >>Toccata
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