The Scotsman

Phantasm includes two Americans, a Finn, and the Edinburgh-born tenor violist Jonathan Manson and they are joined here by a further American. They have garnered the highest praise for their explorations of the hugely rewarding world of the 17th-century English viol consort.  Lawes's Setts are usually heard with organ, but Phantasm eschews the keyboard in favour of an all-string sound, and the ensemble's playing is full of insight and, most importantly, personal response to these works' melancholic genius.  The performances live up to the caveat they include in their notes: "Warning: Exposure to the consort music of William Lawes is known to cause an addiction that can be difficult to cure."

 

 

Date: 

Jul 2000

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The Scotsman

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