Phantasm's artistic policy to 'dwell in the here and now' rather than to recreate the past has resulted in some of the most vital and unashamedly passionate viol-playing around today. Here, the four instruments are optimally balanced - conversing, articulating and breathing in quasi-vocal fashion. Intonation and ensemble are near impeccable; rhythms are keenly buoyant in the dance-inspired pieces, sinuous in the more reflective ones. The same policy has presumably led to their choice of two singers whose voices are a far cry from what has been decried as the 'whitewashed' early music sound. Ian Partridge will be known to many readers - particularly as a Lieder and opera singer - and here he is in fine form. Geraldine McGreevy's lustrous, bell-like voice and intelligent delivery are most appealing. And while the members of Phantasm certainly imbue their playing with Romantic spirit, they are nonetheless deeply grounded in period style.