PHANTASM - LAWES: THE ROYAL CONSORT - CLASSICAL MUSIC
01 May 2015
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Laurence Dreyfus makes extravagant claims for these sets of miniatures (‘one of the greatest collections of ensemble dance music ever composed'), and repeated listening suggests he's not far off the mark. Vivid, arresting and harmonically bold, Lawes' seemingly endless invention is matched by playing here of startling concentration and energy. With glorious surround sound, this is urgently recommended.