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Phantasm - William Lawes - CD Review


16 June 2012
BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
Andrew McGregor

Excerpts from the programme:

  • ‘lovely disc of music for viols'
  • ‘Ask almost any viol player and they'll tell you that Lawes was a one-off, a maverick who exploited the melancholy timbre of the instrument and sometimes outrageous harmonic possibilities of a consort of viols to the full.'
  • ‘The strength and brightness of the violins on the top two parts changes the flavour of the consort, as you'll know if you heard Phantasm playing that royal consort on Radio 3 last week with treble viols on top; perfect for the melancholy cast of Lawes music based on X lacrimae, the falling tears of such a mournful aspect of the recital. Phantasm's new disc gathers together the consort sets by Lawes with organ parts. And these seem to be where he pushed his ear for stretched harmony to the limit.'
  • ‘...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. Revelational performances of Lawes at his most harmonically unhinged. William Lawes Consorts to the Organ is what it says on the cover. It's an intimately involving recording from Linn Records...'

 

You can listen to the full programme here.


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