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Phantasm - William Lawes - Turok Choice


01 August 2011
Turok Choice
Paul Turok

William Byrd's complete consort music is excitingly performed by Phantasm, a six-member consort (372). The music is lovely, but the sound of the viols becomes difficult listening (it is the same throughout) robbing the music of its individuality. This said, the disc is a model of its kind.
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