Early Music category Finalist
2011 Gramophone Awards
Diapason d'Or - Golden Diapason
'Six viol players without par remind us what separates a good early music disc from an exceptional success: each track is a forest bustling with life.'
Gramophone Editor's Choice
'...it's a winner. Pure enjoyment.'
International Classical Music Awards 2012 Nomination
Phantasm is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.
This latest recording honours the most celebrated Elizabethan composer of Renaissance consort music, William Byrd. Byrd's viol music is polyphonic and full of melancholy. The performances on this recording brings out the rich, overlapping textures of the compositions creating a mesmerising sound.
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Phantasm enters the US Billboard Chart
28 November 2011
with their William Byrd albummore >>Awards nod for Retrospect and Phantasm
21 November 2011
International Classical Music Awards nominees announcedmore >>Gramophone Award Finalists Announced
16 August 2011
Retrospect Ensemble, Phantasm and Avison Ensemble nominatedmore >>Phantasm's Byrd is Editor's Choice
05 August 2011
Gramophone chooses the "simply divine" Phantasmmore >>Laurence Dreyfus BBC Music Magazine Interview
07 July 2011
The founder of Phantasm discusses the varied and surprising world of Byrd.more >>
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'... consistently astonishing'more >>The Consort
'...their performances are models of precision and clarity...'Fanfare
"Phantasm captures all the dimensions of this music...Highly recommended."more >>American Record Guide
'Beautiful sound.'more >>Fanfare
'...this disc is highly recommended...'more >>Australian Viola da Gamba Society Newsletter
'The ensemble is faultless...'more >>allmusic.com
'...each viol seems to purr and to die away in a rainbow of colors.'more >>pizzicatomore >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'One of my favorite items on the program is the second Fantasia...'more >>BBC Music Magazine
Disc of the Month: 'Ensemble and intonation are flawless...'more >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...revelatory recording...'more >>International Record Review
'...Phantasm presents performances which are full of character, commitment and complete confidence.'more >>Turok Choice
The music is lovely'.more >>Gramophone
'It's another one of those delicious Linn recordings that ensures the label's output is always worth exploring...'more >>Gramophone
Editor's Choice: "...the playing is quite simply divine"more >>Musical Pointers
'A marvellous disc...'more >>Gramophone
Editor's Choice: ..."it's a winner. Pure enjoyment."more >>The Arts Desk
"You're continually surprised by the potency of Byrd's musical imagination...Blissful."more >>Diapason
Diapason d'Or: "...an exceptional success"more >>Diapason
Diapason d'Or: "...une réussite exceptionnelle"more >>Audiophile Audition
'Their sound is soft and luxuriant [and] beautifully captured...'more >>MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'The performances here are excellent, and the recording as good as possible for a viol consort.'more >>BBC Radio 3 CD Review
'...real rhythmic vitality, warmth, full-blooded sonority and urgently communicative musicianship.'more >>MusicWeb International
"The new Linn recording...is very welcome."more >>Independent on Sunday
"Phantasm's new recording is intoxicating...faultless, the sound sweet but never cloying."more >>Hi-Fi Critic
"There is much beauty here..."more >>