John Jenkins - 6-Part Consorts | Linn BKD556

John Jenkins - 6-Part Consorts


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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD556

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 24th June 2016



The award-winning viol consort explores the sonorous beauty of John Jenkins; one of the most refined and accomplished composers of the seventeenth century. Phantasm’s recordings of Jenkins’ music have been highly praised: Six-Part Consorts was named ‘Album of the Week’ in two national newspapers and Five-Part Consorts was a finalist at the 2007 Gramophone Awards.

Despite an addiction to the densest counterpoint Jenkins achieves a remarkable clarity of expression; like Lawes and Dowland, Jenkins is a consummate consort writer, his music echoing his evident enjoyment of companiable music-making. ‘There isn't a dull moment’ comments director Laurence Dreyfus; ‘the wide-ranging treble parts constantly vie for ascendancy, the fervent tenors compete in companionable rivalry, and even the usually lethargic basses engage in surprisingly athletic jumps and lithe leaps.’

Phantasm is joined for this recording by Emilia Benjamin and Mikko Perkola. Originally released on Avie in 2009, Jenkins: Six-Part Consorts has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best recordings from Linn artists.

‘…the playfulness and spontaneity of Jenkins's invention is infectious… Technically speaking, the ensemble is as zestful as ever… practically flawless in execution.’ - Gramophone

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