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Phantasm - William Lawes - Klassik.com


04 January 2013
Klassik.com
Christiane Bayer
4 Stars

This wonderful CD has earned the right to meet with many interested ears.
William Lawes lived as intensely as he composed: expressive, sensitive, loyal and true to his ideals. The price he paid for it was high because it was quite early in the English Civil War, when he fought for his friend and patron Charles I. This precaution had him appointed to secure the royal bodyguard, the hostilities were not really expected to protect his favorite composer. Unfortunately he was killed by troops of the Puritans at Chester. The King was so distressed that he gave him the honorary title of Father of Music which was very unusual for a court composer.

Lawes' mission at the court of Charles I was to write music for the royal chamber. Here sounded complex contrapuntal works for viols, lutes and small organs that could only hear a handpicked group of minions. Lawes' special position in this court circles meant that he almost left only works for these occupations. A particularly prominent position thereby took his collection of consort works for organ and viola ensemble, which was now the special ensemble Phantasm rerecorded under the direction of Laurence Dreyfus at the label Linn Records. So far there are not many recordings of these works, and that the present discussion of the recent English musician is with them is very rewarding.

The cleverly crafted 'Aires', 'Fantazias' and 'Paven' upload their one performer to bring out votes to cast a new perspective on the score and set other priorities. Lawes' music is an inexhaustible source of ever new interpretations. Spun, daring harmonic and vocal beauty of this consistently present the seven musicians of Phantasm is a fascinating musical language, which is perfect for inner contemplation and meditative listening. Lawes' music radiates in this interpretation of both sensual depth as witty conversation. This is evident in fast-moving dance movements such as the Aire a 5 'from the' Set a 5 in C ', the musician hintupfen with airy slight swing or 6 in other pieces like the dark' Fantazy a 6 'from the' Set a in F ', which are in this interpretation of the denser texture that they sparkle like gold-embroidered brocade heavy in ever new facets.

All voices are wonderfully balanced with each other, the sound of the instruments is matched simultaneously organic and clearly audible. Played by Daniel Hyde organ is always more in the background and enriches the string section very gently with another Klangfacette. A masterly crafted by Linn Records recording technology rounds out the production.

This recording is one of the absolute highlights CD this year and has earned the right to meet with as many interested ears. Unfortunately the booklet is written only in English, can follow so that certainly not all German listeners are the good versions of Laurence Dreyfus.

 


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