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Phantasm - William Lawes - Buffalo News


10 August 2012
Buffalo News
Mary Kunz Goldman
4½ Stars

William Lawes' music is above-average Baroque, featuring interesting harmonies and dance-like rhythms. Baroquemusic nerds respect him for his adventurous harmonies and unusual ways of doing things. These viol consorts, written over the course of three years, are pleasant to listen to and even more fun to explore in greater depth.

The notes, headlined "A Guide To The Perplexed," do a good job of explaining in layman's language what Lawes did that was pioneering. Some moments jump out at you-a few lines of unusual chromatics, for example. But other things need pointing out. Example: "Lawes dabbles in harmonic ugliness even near the beginning of a tuneful Aire, evoking something modern and stilted at the same time. ...Why this display of brash country manners is so satisfying remains a mystery."

Lawes, by the way, was one of the king's guards and was shot and killed when he was 42. Phantasm, a group of seven musicians from America and Europe, shine a light wonderfully on this under served talent.


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