Classic FM magazine

Against 'academic' advice, the viol consort Phantasm presents a disc of Orlando Gibbons's music including arrangements of works originally written for choir or keyboard. Good for Phantasm, say I, even if Hosanna to the Son seems thin without the cathedral acoustic and the Silver Swan misses its thoughtful text. The Fantasias, in Nomines and Dances remain the disc's glory and Phantasm play with a lively, weightless touch. The six-part Galliard is Gibbons at his most infectious.



May 2004


Rick Jones

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