On Tuesday 25 March at 7.30p (CET), Austrian Radio (ORF1) broadcasts Phantasm's concert from the 2014 Resonanzen Festival at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The Festival's theme this year was Oddballs (Querköpfe).Modifying the Wagnerian logo visible on the Konzerthaus portals, Phantasm sought to 'conjure up goodly spirits' by 'honouring' some wonderfully eccentric English 'masters' - Lawes, Tomkins, Jenkins, and Gibbons.
Byrd Fantasia a6 (II)
Byrd Pavan and Galliard a6
Lawes Sett in F a5 - Fantazia
Lawes Sett in F a5 - Pavan
Lawes Sett in F a5 - Aire
Gibbons Galliard a6
Lawes - Sett in g a6 Aire
Best heard with decent audio playback!
'For stylistic insight and subtlety [Phantasm's recording of William Byrd's Mass in Four Voices played on viols alone] is ironically one of the most satisfying performances of Byrd's Mass.' - Andrew McGregor (6 June 2013)
Phantasm’s next recording – William Lawes Consorts to the Organ, with Daniel Hyde, organ, will be released in June 2012 on Linn Records. It includes a selection of the Five- and Six-Part sets, including some versions never before on record. The launch will take place at the Wigmore Hall on 6 June when Phantasm will be appearing with Elizabeth Kenny in a programme of Lawes and John Dowland.
The rich treasure trove of the 16th and 17th centuries offers up riches on every journey there. In this concert Phantasm offer an opportunity to journey with them. Beginning with William Byrd, Phantasm lead us through the chamber music of John Ward, and John Jenkins. There we turn to the short life of William Lawes which ended so violently, travelling through Thomas Tomkins and Orlando Gibbons, finishing with one of the greatest of English composers – Henry Purcell. Phantasm expertly guide us through the strikingly distinct personalities inhabiting the English consort school. This experience will be set in the period surroundings of the stunningly beautiful 15th Century Magdalen College Chapel.
Phantasm is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today, having won two Gramophone Awards and numerous other citations and prizes. Their latest recording, the complete consort music of William Byrd, was nominated for a Gramophone award, won a Diapason d’Or, and was named disc of the month in BBC Music Magazine. It has also been nominated for an International Classical Music Award – the preeminent international award, and recently entered the US Billboard Charts. Phantasm, directed by Laurence Dreyfus, is Consort-in-Residence at Magdalen College Oxford.