Phantasm - Lawes: The Royal Consort - Iowa Public Radio

Some Flavorful Picks from 2015's Classical Bumper Crop (Part 1: Non-Iowa)

I didn't used to be obsessed with instrumental music from the early modern era (roughly the 16th century on), but this is where my "newly rediscovered masterpieces" listening tends to come from. Lawes wrote these pieces circa 1630, and while they've been recorded before with a thicker scoring, this new release reveals their vibrant individuality and dancing energy with gloriously characterful playing, captured in exceptionally rich recorded sound.

15 December 2015