Gibbons - Consorts for Viols | Linn BKD486

Gibbons - Consorts for Viols

Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD486

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 20th October 2014



Phantasm plays "like angels singing". This was the verdict of BBC World Affairs correspondent John Simpson who presented Phantasm with a 2004 Gramophone Award for its recording of Viol Consorts by Orlando Gibbons.

Originally released on Avie, 'Gibbons: Consorts for viols' has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best recordings from Linn artists.

With this unique collection juxtaposing Anthems and Madrigals with Fantasies and Dances, Phantasm are firmly in their element of the 16th century English consort tradition, infusing Gibbons' passionate polyphony and rapturous harmonies with a suaveness unmatched by any other viol ensemble performing today.

Phantasm has re-defined the art of viol playing. Inspired by the great 20th century string quartets, the striking unity and suave sonorities are unmatched by any other viol ensemble playing today.

Phantasm has been widely acclaimed for its previous recordings with Linn - its 2011 recording of William Byrd was named 'Disc of the Month' by BBC Music and its 2009 Linn debut of music by John Ward was described as 'stunning' by Gramophone. The award-winning ensemble has been applauded across the globe for its moving performances and is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.

Critics have described their performances and recordings as 'intoxicating', 'revelatory', 'electrifying', 'interpretations pervaded by a truly burning spirit'..

beautifully characterized in playing of rhythmic drive, crisp articulation and transparent textures. - Daily Telegraph

This is very exciting playing indeed. - BBC Music

This is often playing of a breath-taking virtuosity that communicates the music with irresistible vitality. - Gramophone

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