Having been named Diapason d'or by French Diapason music magazine in October, Phantasm's CD of Dowland's Lachrimae was awarded the prestigious annual prize in the category Early Music - the Diapason d'or de l'année on 22 November 2017. Director Laurence Dreyfus was in Paris to receive the award at a ceremony broadcast live on the radio station France-Musique where he was interviewed by journalists on air about Phantasm's approach to this marvelous collection. Phantasm's disc engineered by LINN Records producer Philip Hobbs was also awarded a prize by Diapason in its December issue for its exceptional sound quality.
Phantasm's CD of Dowland's Lachrimae with Elizabeth Kenny, lute, has been awarded the 2017 Gramophone Award for Early Music. Since their founding in 1994, Phantasm's discs have been nominated for 11 Awards and have been winners for the recordings of Henry Purcell and Orlando Gibbons. The Award for the Dowland disc is their third.
These are poignant performances of music steeped in melancholy and given a deep beauty by Elizabeth Kenny and Phantasm, led by Laurence Dreyfus: a really wonderful Dowland recording. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/best-new-classical-albums-august-2016
William Lawes: The Royal Consorts - Phantasm Linn CKD470 (2SACD) The consort music of the early 17th century has been a specialty interest of mine, but I think this gloriously inventive, infectious music and playing would appeal to just about anyone - and, in fact, it did, to judge by how many best-of-2015 lists it made. The Scottish indie label Linn first got into the record business to showcase its high-end audiophile equipment. It can be counted on for warm, realistic, glowing sound and superb documentation, and delivers all of that handsomely.