Irish Times

The viol consort Phantasm offers here a rich selection from that master of rich counterpoint, Orlando Gibbons. The six-part Fantasias which open the disc tug ear, mind and heart with a complexity that most listeners associate with the 20th century rather than 17th. And Phantasm play them with the sort of awareness of their harmonic impact that's not to be taken for granted. Along with three-part fantasies and five-part In Nomines they include arrangements of keyboard and vocal music, all played in a style that finds impressive potency of expression in gestures that are actually quite delicate in contour.

 

Date: 

Mar 2004

Author: 

Michael Dervan

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