Phantasm - Lawes: Consorts to the Organ - Baker and Taylor CD horlist

William Lawes was one of the greatest composers of 17th-century England, and is responsible in particular for some of the most ravishingly lovely works for viol consort. Phantasm, the group that seems to be taking over from Fretwork as the world's preeminent viol consort, has here given us what may well be the definitive account of Lawes' five- and six-part consort sets with organ, works that are unusually adventurous in harmony and structure but never less than transcendantly beautiful. No early music collection should be without this recording

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04 September 2012