Phantasm: Four Temperaments | Linn BKD487

Phantasm: Four Temperaments


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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD487

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 20th October 2014



The exceptional viol quartet Phantasm, whose debut won a Gramophone Award, returns with an equally ravishing recording of the repertoire in which they excel, from the golden age of Elizabethan England.

Originally released on Avie, ‘Four Temperaments’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best recordings from Linn artists.

Four distinct musical personalities - or ‘temperaments’ - are represented: 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.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor praised Phantasm's recording of the Mass in Four Voices played on viols alone: ‘for stylistic insight and subtlety is ironically one of the most satisfying performances of Byrd's Mass'.

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.

‘ and performances are consistently superb...’ - The Times

Phantasm play with the kind of sympathetic interplay that you'd expect from a crack string quartet.’ - Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

Another highly enjoyable, richly rewarding disc from the viol consort Phantasm.’ - The Independent

Musical lines are gracefully shaped and articulated.’ - BBC Music Magazine

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