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Lawes: Consorts in Six Parts / Phantasm

Album Summary

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in G major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7)
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in F major (no 8)
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in B flat major (no 9)
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Fantasy à 6 in F major
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Certainly this is attractive, energetic music, beautifully performed by the four members of Phantasm along with two guests. There are hints of the forward-looking character of Lawes's music in the strange dissonances that sometimes occur; it must have sounded quite unconventional and daring in its day. Phantasm has made this a fitting memorial for a memorable man; it would be difficult to find better playing." - Crawford, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Dreyfus writes passionately about the music, referring to 'a Dionysian frenzy hell-bent on breaking civilised taboos' and 'jubilant incantations'. So what do we hear? A subtly resonant, particularised landscape: in effect an Elysian soundscape. Gone is the corporate consort sound we learned to relish in former decades, replaced with rather more democratic textures. With seeming ease, the voice of each viol emerges and withdraws on cue as the music unfolds with sublime logic and unquestionable momentum.

The best setts are perhaps the two in minor keys, which offered Lawes a richer harmonic palette and the players greater expressive possibilities. The harmonically bizarre first Fantazy of the C minor Sett must have excited 17th- century ears, which, if they were lucky, were treated as we are here to an excitingly paced second Fantazy, then an 'Inomine' ('sinewy' and sustained at first, then quicker in the second section, the plainchant exquisitely interwoven and at the same time plain for all to hear), and finally a vibrant Aire, resplendent in its swaggering repeated notes and syncopated dash. Whether it would make so vivid an impression from another ensemble is doubtful. Dreyfus's unselfconscious hyperbolic enthusiasm aside, these are beautifully thought-out, sympathetic performances, worthy of a cultivated monarch and the composer's quatercentenary. A superb disc.



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>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in G major :: Paven
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in G major :: Fantazy
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in G major :: Aire
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7) :: Fantazy
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7) :: Fantazy
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7) :: Aire
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in F major (no 8)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in B flat major (no 9)
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7) :: Fantazy
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7) :: Fantazy
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7) :: Inomine
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Consort Sett a 6 in C major (no 7) :: Aire
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Fantasy à 6 in F major
  • Ensemble: Phantasm (Viol Consort)
  • Notes: Ev. Lutheran Church, Juva, Finland (07/30/2001-08/01/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance