A 2004 Gramophone Award winner! "Laurence Dreyfus, the leader of Phantasm, has the unique ability to communicate his enthusiasm for the music he performs ... there are [many] pieces here which deserve to be considered masterpieces." (Musicweb-International)
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This is a recommendation, not a review.
I love Jordi Savall and in particular his recordings of English early Baroque music for the viol. I think Savall's recordings of Tye and Jenkins and Lawes and GIBBONS are outstanding. I have immersed myself in these (and other) recordings for long satisfying days on end.
I first heard Phantasm on a recording of Jenkins's Six Part Consorts. I didn't love it. To my ear, it didn't have the same eerie depth and concentrated devotion of Savall's recording.
Phantasm's recording of Gibbons is another story altogether. It is nothing short of amazing! This album rewards the close listener and the aural pond skimmer alike. The Amazon reviewer P.Porter (see above) beautifully captures the tone of this music so I won't do more than agree. Rather, the point of this recommendation is to assure even the most devoted fan of Jordi Savall and his recordings of this repertoire that Phantasm's Gibbons is a wonderful and essential...
it's ok, not inspired.
The CD, Consorts for Viols was put out on the Avie label and made possible by Magnatune. The performers are the viol quartet Phantasm and two guest artists, Susanna Pell and Asako Morikawa.
The viol, in its nature, is a chamber instrument. It is not unlike the cello, yet its differences are pronounced when one takes a close look at the two instruments.
The viol has a rounder shape than the cello and has six strings instead of four. The playing techniques of the instruments are different. One of the most pronounced differences is in the way the bow is held. On a cello the bow is held with the strings facing downwards and the player's hand is at the very end of the bow. The viol's bow strings, on the other hand, face upwards and the player's hand is positioned somewhere near the end but closer to the middle.
Because of its internal makeup, the viol has been considered only suitable for chamber music. Phantasm is definitely such an ensemble; yet the way...
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