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Phantasm - Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems - Classical CD Review


01 November 2014
Classical CD Review
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The ensemble Phantasm was founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus, a consort of violas. They already have to their credit a number of highly regarded recordings. On this superb new SACD they are joined by the Choir of Magdalena of Oxford College in a program of anthems and fantasies by John Ward (c. 1589-1638). No question of authenticity in performance here, and the rich sounds of the unspecified venue have been captured with totally natural full rich audio. Complete texts and profuse program notes are provides. An essential disk for those interested in this repertory.


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