Matthew Locke - 'For Lovers of Consort Music'
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'A lovely CD oozing musicality from every pore" D. James Ross Jan 2019 Early Music Review
'Indisputably superb with immaculate ensemble and near-miraculous transparent textures' Gramophone Julie Anne Sadie Nov 2018 Gramophone
"mit viel Liebe zu Detail, mit feinem silbrigen Klang und mit wunderbar federnder Phrasierung.” Doris Blaich Nov 2018 SWR2 – Südwest Rundfunk 2
'String players exerting their differences while being joined at the hip' Geoff Brown Oct 2018 The Times (London)
Locke on BBC Radio 3 'Record Review' Andrew McGregor Oct 2018 BBC Radio 3
"A cornucopia of delights" - Europadisc Europadisc Oct 2018 Europadisc website
Christopher Tye Complete Consort Music
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'An enthusiastic recommendation' Barry Brenesal Mar 2018 Fanfare Magazine
As always with this ensemble, the playing is immaculate, lively, and inspired James A. Altena Mar 2018 Fanfare
'A performance that brings out the music’s ceaseless energy' Robert Aubry Davis Mar 2018 Millennium of Music (USA)
5-Stern Rezension über Christopher Tye CD in Rondo Magazine Five-Star Review Guido Fischer Feb 2018 Rondo
'Polished sonorities and warm expressions' Blair Sanderson Feb 2018 AllMusic
'If I had to pick a favorite viol consort currently active, it would be Phantasm' William J. Gatens Jan 2018 American Record Guide
'Ce disque de Phantasm est un nouveau joyau' Jean-Christophe Pucek Nov 2017 Wunderkammern
BBC Music Magazine - 'The musicians' distinctive sound - immediately warm but spiced with an edgy kick - is as assured as ever' Hannah French Nov 2017 BBC Music Magazine
BBC Record Review - 'Hard to imagine Tye’s complexities and idiosyncrasies being laid before us by a viol consort with more beauty than this' Andrew McGregor Sep 2017 BBC Radio 3 - Record Review - 22 September 2017
Tye 'exquisitely played' - Financial Times Review Richard Fairman Sep 2017 Financial Times
Gramophone Review of Christopher Tye Complete Consort Music Alexandra Coghlan Sep 2017 Gramophone
Tye: Complete Consort Music CD review – consistently beautiful Kate Molleson Aug 2017 The Guardian
Tomkins Anthems & Canticles
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'Nothing anemic about Phantasm' Robert Aubry Davis Mar 2018 Millennium of Music (USA)
Tomkins Anthems & Canticles - Toccata-Rezension Johan van Veen Sep 2017 Toccata
John Dowland Lachrimae or Seven Tears
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5-Sterne-Rezension von Dowland Lachrimae Maximilian Trapp Mar 2018 Gitarre & Laute Online
Award Citation for Phantasm's winning Dowland CD - 2017 Julie Anne Sadie Sep 2017 Gramophone
SHINING LIGHT ON DOWLAND - Elizabeth Kenny joins Phantasm in a musicianly and moving account of Dowland’s Seven Tears Kate Bolton-Porciatti Sep 2016 BBC Music Magazine
'Exquisite Subtlety' - Ncholas Kenyon in The Observer Nicholas Kenyon Jul 2016 The Observer (Guardian) - London
'Rushes of passion' - Early Music Review D. James Ross Jul 2016 Early Music Review
'Affecting' - The Sunday Times (Stephen Pettitt) Stephen Pettet Jul 2016 The Times
'A gripping performance' The Irish Times Michael Dervan Jul 2016 The Irish Times
Gramophone: 'All the hallmarks of a classic recording' - 'totally convincing and absorbing' Lindsay Kemp Jul 2016 Gramophone
'Sensuous and beguiling' - The Financial Times Richard Fairman Jun 2016 The Financial Times
'Tuneful melancholy in splendid new CD'- Nottingham Post Jun 2016 Nottingham Post
'the most deliciously melancholy sound' - BBC Radio 3 Record Review Andrew MacGregor Jun 2016 BBC Radio 3
Lawes Royal Consort
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Phantasm legt hier eine brillante Interpretation vor, die extravertierter ist als was man erwartet Toccata Apr 2016 Toccata
Limelight Magazine Chamber Music Recording of the Year 2015 Philip Clark Dec 2015 Limelight Magazine
Kate Molleson's top 20 classical recordings for 2015 Kate Molleson Dec 2015 The Herald Glasgow Scotland
An enormously persuasive collection - really fantastic. Andrew McGregor Dec 2015 BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
Genius as always, in the playing of the remarkable Phantasm ensemble Rick Anderson Nov 2015 CD Hot List
To listen to Phantasm is to enjoy one of life's fine musical pleasures. Barry Brenesal Nov 2015 Fanfare Magazine
Großartig.... Fantastische Musik gespielt von Phantasm! Albert Hosp Oct 2015 ÖRF - 6. Oktober 2015
The rhythmic vivacity and pungent push-pull swing of their playing rocks Philip Clark Sep 2015 Limelight Magazine
Höchste Kunst, tiefstes Gefühl Andreas Grabner Aug 2015 BR Klassik Radio
Marvellous listening and superb playing. Robert Oliver Aug 2015 Early Music Review
Playing by turns buoyant and vigorous, graceful and serene Kate Bolton Aug 2015 BBC Music Magazine
John Bryan, The Viol John Bryan Aug 2015 The Viol
Stunningly played and beautifully recorded Graham Rickson Jul 2015 The arts
Das Ensemble ‘Phantasm' spielt mit viel Eleganz und Wärme Remy Franck Jul 2015 Pizzicato
Phantasm’s playing brims with imaginative fantasy David Vickers Jun 2015 Gramophone
Vorbildliches Zusammenspiel und grandiose Technik MDR Figaro Jun 2015 MDR Figaro
Phantasm at its finest...beautifully recorded Andrew McGregor May 2015 BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
Ensemble sound is luxuriantly rich Kate Molleson May 2015 The Guardian
Playing of startling concentration and energy Classical Music May 2015 Classical Music
'Some of the best music you've ever heard!' Jens Cornelius May 2015 Danish Radio
Phantasm catches the music's experimental and revolutionary quality, James Manheim Mar 2015 All Music
Ward: Fantasies & Verse Anthems
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Early Music Review of John Ward - Fantasies and verse anthems Andrew H. King Feb 2016 Early Music
A phantasmic CD from Phantasm Nicola Lisle Dec 2014 Oxford times
William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ
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Review of Lawes Consorts to the Organ Peter Holman Aug 2013 Early Music 41 (2013)
'One of the absolute CD highlights of the year' (auf Deutsch) Dr. Christiane Bayer Jan 2013
William Lawes: Consorts to the Organ David Ponsford Sep 2012 Choir & Organ
Classical CDs Weekly (Lawes: Consorts to the Organ by Phantasm) Graham Rickson Sep 2012
William Lawes, Consorts to the Organ, Phantasm John Weretka Sep 2012 Australian Viola da Gamba Society Newsletter
Miscellaneous Various Authors Aug 2012 Miscellaneous
Lawes – consort music JJ Aug 2012 Klassiek
Phantasm - Lawes: Consorts to the Organ, classical CD review Ivan Hewett Aug 2012 Telegraph
Phantasm brightens up broken musical rules of William Lawes John Terauds Jul 2012 Ludwig van Toronto
Classical Release: William Lawes Consorts to the Organ by Phantasm (Linn) Fiona Maddocks Jul 2012 The Observer
Phantasm viol consort brightens up broken musical rules of William Lawes Jul 2012 Musical Toronto
Review on William Lawes Consorts to the Organ by Phantasm Paul Driver Jun 2012 The Sunday Times
From BBC Radio 3 'CD Review' Andrew McGregor Jun 2012 BBC Radio 3
William Lawes: Consorts To The Organ Michael Dervan Jun 2012 The Irish Times
A 'must-have' release that will open your eyes and ears and have you baying for more Dominy Clements Apr 2012 MusicWeb International
William Byrd: Complete Consort Music
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Review of Complete Byrd Consort Music Peter Holman Aug 2013 Early Music 41 (2013)
Byrd: Complete Consort Music (Linn Records) Ouverture Mar 2012 Ouverture: Das Klassik-Blog
Phantasm: Byrd Complete Consort Music on Linn Barry Brenesal Nov 2011 Fanfare Magazine
Earthy Elizabethan Elegance From William Byrd Tom Manoff Nov 2011 NPR Music
Gramophone - Editor’s Choice James Inverne Sep 2011 Gramophone
BBC Music Magazine Kate Bolton Aug 2011 BBC Music Magazine
Golden Diapason Award Harold Lopparelli Aug 2011 Diapason d'or août
Classical CDs Weekly Graham Rickson Aug 2011 Classical CDs Weekly
Laurence Dreyfus BBC Music Magazine Interview BBC Music Magazine Jul 2011 BBC Music Magazine
Byrd as Master of Instrumental Music (auf Deutsch) Dr Matthias Lange Jul 2011
Audiophile Audition Steven Ritter Jul 2011 Audiophile Audition
BBC Radio 3 CD Review Andrew McGreggor Jun 2011 BBC Radio 3 Julie Anne Sadie Jun 2011 Gramophone
Hi-Fi Critic Colin Anderson May 2011 Hi-Fi Critic
Independent on Sunday Anna Picard May 2011 Independent on Sunday
Four Temperaments
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BBC Radio 3 Andrew McGregor Jun 2013
BBC Radio 3 Andrew McGregor Jun 2013 BBC Radio 3 - Building a Library - Podcast 6 June 2013
Times Geoff Brown May 2005 Times
Gramophone Editor's Choice Mary Berry May 2005 Gramophone
BBC Music Magazine Kate Bolton May 2005 BBC Music Magazine
Early Music News Clifford Bartlett May 2005 Early Music News
The Independent Andrew Clarke Mar 2005 The Independent
Phantasm’s Four Temperaments: A Conversation with Laurence Dreyfus Brian Robins Mar 2005 Fanfare
John Ward: Consort Music for Five and Six Viols
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Tudor Splendour George Pratt Nov 2009 BBC Music Magazine
Gramophone November 2009 Julie Anne Sadie Nov 2009 Gramophone
BBC Radio 3 BBC Radio 3 Sep 2009 BBC Radio 3
Fanfare Magazine Barry Brenesal Sep 2009 Fanfare Magazine
John Jenkins: Five-Part Consorts
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Fanfare Brian Robins Jun 2007 Fanfare
Album of the Week Michael Church Jun 2007 The Independent
The Irish Times Michael Dervan Apr 2007 The Irish Times
Classical CDs of the week Elizabeth Roche Apr 2007 The Telegraph
Early Music Forum of the Scotsman James Ross Apr 2007 The Scotsman
Classic FM John Brunning Apr 2007 Classic FM
The Times Geoff Brown Mar 2007 The Times
John Jenkins: Six-Part Consorts
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Daily Mail Tully Potter Dec 2006 Daily Mail
Music of refinement and subtlety cast in an exciting new light Fabrice Fitch Aug 2006 Gramophone
Independent on Sunday Anna Picard Jul 2006 Independent on Sunday
Goldberg Brian Robins Jun 2006 Goldberg
Early Music, Vol. XXXV, No. 1 Lucy Robinson Jun 2006 Early Music
BBC Music Magazine Kate Bolton Jun 2006 BBC Music Magazine
Presto Classical Presto Classical Jun 2006 Presto Classical
The Sunday Times The Sunday Times May 2006 The Sunday Times
The Times Geoff Brown May 2006 The Times
The Daily Telegraph Elizabeth Roche Apr 2006 The Daily Telegraph
Orlando Gibbons: Consorts for viols
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Diapason Benoit Bart Jan 2005 Diapason
The Times John Simpson Sep 2004 The Times
Classics Today John Greene Jul 2004 Classics Today
Fanfare Brian Robins Jul 2004 Fanfare
Gramophone David Fallows Jul 2004 Gramophone
International Record Review Andrew O'Conner Jun 2004 International Record Review
BBC Music George Pratt May 2004 BBC Music Magazine
Early Music Review Robert Oliver May 2004 Early Music Review
Early Music Forum Early Music Forum of Scotland News May 2004 Scotland News
Classic FM magazine Rick Jones May 2004 Classic FM magazine
The Guardian Edward Greenfield Apr 2004 The Guardian
Daily Telegraph Elizabeth Roche Apr 2004
Irish Times Michael Dervan Mar 2004 Irish Times
Rondo (Finland) Antti Häyrynen Sep 1996 Rondo (Finland)
Henry Purcell: Complete Fantasies for Viols
Author Date Published in
Diapason Dennis Morrier Jan 2003 Diapason
Gramophone Critic's Choice for 1997 Tess Knighton Mar 1998 Gramophone
Hufvudstadsbladet (Helsinki) Cecilia Björk Aug 1997 Hufvudstadsbladet
Canor (Poland) Tomasz Biel Jun 1997 Canor
Fanfare Robert Maxham Mar 1997 Fanfare
American Record Guide Laird Mar 1997 American Record Guide
Gramophone Awards Lionel Salter Mar 1997 Gramophone
Gramophone Lionel Salter Feb 1997 Gramophone
William Lawes: Consorts in Six parts
Author Date Published in
Gramophone Julie Anne Sadie Feb 2002 Gramophone
Classics Today David Hurwitxz Feb 2002 Classics Today
Matthew Locke: Consort Music
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Gramophone Lindsay Kemp Aug 2001 Gramophone
The Observer Tarik O'Regan May 2001 The Observer
International Record Review Jeremy Noble Oct 2000 International Record Review
Classics Today David Vernier Jan 2000 Classics
Byrd Song
Author Date Published in
Gramophone Lindsay Kemp Oct 2000 Gramophone
International Record Review Jeremy Noble Oct 2000 International Record Review
BBC Music Magazine Kate Bolton Aug 2000 BBC Music Magazine
Classic CD Paul Riley Aug 2000 Classic CD
William Lawes: Consorts in Four and Five Parts
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Diapason Jean-Luc Macia Sep 2000 Diapason
Gramophone review - Editor’s choice Gramophone Aug 2000 Gramophone
The Scotsman The Scotsman Jul 2000 The Scotsman
Art of Fugue
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The New York Times Bernard D. Sherman Apr 1999 The New York Times
The J S Bach Homepage Jan Hanford Apr 1999 The J S Bach Homepage
Aftenposten (Oslo, Norway) Idar Karevold Sep 1998 Aftenposten
Still Music of the Spheres
Author Date Published in
Fanfare Magazine Brian Robins May 1998 Fanfare Magazine

Live Reviews

Autor Datum Veröffentlicht in
Zauberhafte Klangbögen Mattias Reichert Aug 2018 Schwäbisches Tagblatt
Verführerische Klänge aus ferner Zeit - Seductive sounds from a remote past - Rezension des Auftritts Phantasm beim Aschaffenburger Bachtage Melanie Pollinger Jul 2018 Main-Echo
‘Bei diesem Gambenconsort könnte sich auch Bach nicht beschweren.‘ — Leipziger Volkszeitung ‘With this viol consort [playing the Art of Fugue] even Bach couldn’t complain’ Anja Jaskowski Jun 2018 Leipziger Volkszeitung
How many experienced goosebumps and shivers, caught up in the volatile flow between major and minor, or held the breath when pianissimo chords seemed to float in their own radiant firmament above us? William Dart May 2018 New Zealand Herald
'Breathtakingly fine music-making' John Button May 2018 The Dominion Post - Wellington New Zealand
Phantasm with Elizabeth Kenny in Misteria Pascalia Festival Miranda Heggie Apr 2018 Arts Desk
Telegraph review on Phantasm's Byrd at the Wigmore Hall: Byrd’s music made to glow with an inner light. Ivan Hewett Feb 2018 The Telegraph
Gipfelpunkt des Consortspiels - Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci Clemens Goldberg Jun 2017 rbb Kultur
The pinnacle of consort playing - Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci Clemens Goldberg Jun 2017 rbb Kultur
Feinsinnige Musik aus dunklen Zeiten Klaus Büstrin Jun 2017 Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
Subtle music from dark times: The Viol Consort Phantasm in the Palm Court Klaus Büstrin Jun 2017 Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
This perfect gem of a concert demonstrates that even if politics can divide us, music can connect us! Hugh Kerr Mar 2017 The wee Review
Phantasm and Concerto Melante in der Berliner Philharmonie Martin Wilkening Mar 2017 Berliner Zeitung
'Phantasm deliver moments of perfection' Ken Walton Sep 2015 The Scotsman
Phantasm's Art of Fugue at the Lammermuir Festival Alan Coady Sep 2015 Bachtrack
Phantasm and Tenebrae at the Lammermuir Festival David Kettle Sep 2015
Guardian review of Bach Art of Fugue Performance - Lammermuir Festival 2015 Kate Molleson Sep 2015 The Guardian
An intimate evening of musical eccentricity and beauty Alexandra Coghlan Jun 2015 The arts
Perfect unanimity between the three players Jane Shuttleworth May 2014 Bachtrack Ltd
The Queen's Command at London's Wanamaker Playhouse Melani Eskanazi May 2014 Music OHM
Phantasm in Oxford and London Hannah Arnold Oct 2012 Oxonian Review
Phantasm concert at Utrecht Early Music Festival 29 August 2012 Johan van Veen Aug 2012 Hortus Musicus
Lawes: Consort Music Kate Bolton Jul 2012 BBC Music Magazine
Phantasm: Magdalen College Chapel Nicola Lisle Feb 2012 The Oxford Times
Review: Phantasm, Magdalen College Chapel Sam Parsons Feb 2012
Award-wnning Viol Consort plus Daniel Hyde (organ) Play Renaissance Music Phil Bloomfield Feb 2012
Lufthansa Baroque Festival, June 2000 John Allinson Aug 2000 Early Music Today
Review from Phantasm's appearances at the 'Long Bach Night' in Berlin Berliner Zeitung May 2000 Berliner Zeitung
Phantasm Displays Power, Expressive Flair of the Viol John Henken Jan 2000 Los Angeles Times
Phantasm makes old music very fresh Greg Hettmansberger Jan 2000 Santa Barbara News Press
Review of Phantasm at the Helsinki Festival Jukka Isopuro Aug 1999 Helsinki Sanomat (USA)
Phantasm in its New York debut at the Frick Collection Allan Kozinn Aug 1996 New York Times