Phantasm, Elizabeth Kenny and Daniel Hyde explore the contrary world of the five-part consort with plucked or keyboard accompaniment. The programme will include some of Lawes Consort Setts and Dowland Lachrimae antiquae. Dowland’s brooding, obsessional Lachrimae painted the sound world of the consort in dark tones, preparing the ground for William Lawes’ consort setts with organ: in these the consort resembles a cosmic leviathan in which individuals pursue their naked self-interests whilst harnessed to the iron will of the composer. Like Dowland, Lawes also mixed “light” airs in with his “grave” conceits, in the more gracious, while still quirky Royal Consorts performed here in their early versions with viols and theorbo.
Magdalen College Chapel
Tuesday 5 June 2012 at 6pm
Tickets £10 (£5 students)
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