Review of Phantasm Lawes (Linn) Peter Holman – Early Music 41 (2013), 177.
Phantasm’s latest CD – Lawes: Consorts to the organ (Linn CDK399, rec 2011, 78’) brings us full circle. It contains four of the five sets or suites in five parts and three of the five sets in six parts. This new recording is particularly welcome because, as its title indicates, it includes Lawes’s written-out organ part (played by Daniel Hyde), which, although largely confined to doubling the viols, contributes a good deal to the sonority of the ensemble; it was omitted in Phantasm’s early Channel Classics recordings of the complete five- and six-part consorts. I will not waste space extolling Lawes, and everything I said about Phantasm’s Byrd applied to this recording: it is superb playing of some of the greatest music written by an Englishman.