Phantasm's Lawes counted among the 168 Best Classical Music Recordings



OCTOBER 12, 2015




This selection of the finest classical recordings available, which first appeared in 2009, is the most authoritative and entertaining guide of its kind. However, after five years any guide needs sprucin I didn’t want to compromise the inimitable style of the original, so rather than revise it, I’ve added some ideas of my own.

There are now two new suggestions in each category, and three brand-new categories. The result is an even fuller map of classical music recordings. There are more landmarks, while whole areas which were blank are now filled in. Time to go exploring in this rich area of musical experience. Ivan Hewett (2014)

71) William Lawes – Consorts to the Organ (Phantasm) - Linn Records 

William Lawes, who died in a Civil War battle, composed these pieces for five or six viols and organ in the 1630s. They’ve been described as a peak of chamber music, worthy to stand alongside Bach’s Musical Offering and Haydn’s string quartets Op. 33. Phantasm make them sound phantastic, appropriately.