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John Ward - Fantasies & Verse Anthems


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD427

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th October 2014



Featuring ambitious and accomplished music for voices and viols, 'Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems' offers a privileged glimpse of a special moment in English music history.

The four-part viol fantasies complement Phantasm's previous recording of John Ward's five- and six-part works and show an equally fluent and skilful style exemplifying Jacobean consort fantasy at its best.

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford join Phantasm to perform Ward's verse anthems which contain an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of textures and generous word painting amidst a polyphonic swirl of viols.

This recording is a fitting tribute to John Ward, whose efforts have been rediscovered in our own time and whose mellifluous music deserves a closer look.

Phantasm's illustrious recording career has resulted in the viol consort being repeatedly recognised at the Gramophone Awards with one Award and several 'Finalist' nods to its name.

Phantasm's debut on Linn, 'Ward: Consort music for five and six viols', was named a 'Choice' recording by BBC Music Magazine whilst also receiving many five and four star reviews. 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'.

The quartet's international members (from Britain, Finland and the US) are based in Oxford and have toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and East Asia. They are joined by Emily Ashton and Christopher Terepin for this performance.

Ward's craftsmanship is striking...Phantasm's playing impeccable ...Tudor viol music seldom sounds better than this. - BBC Music

The results on this disc are stunning.-  Gramophone

Phantasm's perceptive and compelling playing make this disc a sheer delight. - IRR

The richly sustained performances make a fine case for a neglected composer. - The Observer

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