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Four Temperaments: Music for viol consort by William Byrd, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Robert Parsons and Thomas Tallis / Phantasm

Album Summary

>Tallis, Thomas : Solfaing Song à 5
>Byrd, William : Prelude and Ground a 5
>Parsons, Robert : A Song of Mr Robert Parsons
>Tallis, Thomas : In Nomine no 2
>Parsons, Robert : In nomine no 3, for consort
>Parsons, Robert : De la Court
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Pavan à 5, for 5 viols
>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 Voices
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : In Nomine for 5 viols no 2
>Tallis, Thomas : In Nomine no 1
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : In Nomine for 5 viols no 1
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : In Nomine, for 5 viols no 3
>Parsons, Robert : Ut re mi fa sol
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Fantasia a 4
>Byrd, William : Pavan and Galliard a 6 in C major
>Parsons, Robert : Mr. Parsons his Songe "The Songe called Trumpetts"
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Sur la Rousée (Fantasia a6)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Originally released on Avie, the viol consort Phantasm's 'Four Temperaments' is now part of Linn's ECHO re-issue series. Representing the golden age of Elizabethan England are four distinct musical personalities - or 'temperaments' - the dissonant Robert Parsons, the cool Ferrabosco the Elder, the warm and sanguine Thomas Tallis, and the polar opposites of ecstasy and melancholy of William Byrd. Critics have described the award-winning ensemble's performances and recordings as 'intoxicating', 'revelatory', 'electrifying' and 'pervaded by a truly burning spirit'.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The performances here are beautifully expressive and animated while at the same time poised and flawlessly balanced. Consort music is primarily intended for the delectation of the players rather than the entertainment of an audience. It is somewhat like a private conversation among friends. These performances demonstrate that it is possible to be edified and moved by hearing the conversation. The players of Phantasm have a gift of engaging the listener with their warm tone, phrasing that is veritably vocal in quality, and a musical coherence that carries the listener through each work performed. They are clearly one of the finest viol consorts currently active. Their consummate artistry and ability to communicate in genres that many regard as rarefied and esoteric will win over connoisseurs and the more general listener alike.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004).



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Works Details

>Tallis, Thomas : Solfaing Song à 5
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Prelude and Ground a 5
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : A Song of Mr Robert Parsons
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Tallis, Thomas : In Nomine no 2
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : In nomine no 3, for consort
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Parsons, Robert : De la Court
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Pavan à 5, for 5 viols
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 Voices
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : In Nomine for 5 viols no 2
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 Voices
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593

>Tallis, Thomas : In Nomine no 1
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 Voices
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : In Nomine for 5 viols no 1
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 Voices
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : In Nomine, for 5 viols no 3
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Mass for 4 Voices
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1592-1593

>Parsons, Robert : Ut re mi fa sol
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Fantasia a 4
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Byrd, William : Pavan and Galliard a 6 in C major
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1600-1610

>Parsons, Robert : Mr. Parsons his Songe "The Songe called Trumpetts"
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Sur la Rousée (Fantasia a6)
  • Performers: Emilia Benjamin (Bass Viola da gamba); Laurence Dreyfus (Treble Vla da gamba); Wendy Gillespie (Cittern); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Tenor Viola da gamba); Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (Bass Viola da gamba); Asako Morikawa (Tenor Violin)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk, England (08/19/2004-08/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque