The Observer

Taking a break from his work as an internationally renowned musicologist, Dreyfus leads the Phantasm viol quartet in this intoxicating recording of seven suites by Matthew Locke (1622-77) for the recording arm of www.gmn.com. As Dreyfus admits himself, the listener may take time to get used to the ‘abrupt quality of Locke’s musical thinking’. Even on a first hearing, however, one can glean an inherent wit and charm in the writing, assisted in no small measure by the colourful yet delicate playing of Phantasm.

 

Date: 

May 2001

Author: 

Tarik O'Regan

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