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Consorts In Six Parts


William Lawes

SKU: 17498

Year of release: 2002

Set A6 In G 11:44
1. Paven William Lawes 06:15
2. Fantazy William Lawes 03:13
3. Aire William Lawes 02:15
Set A6 In C 09:25
4. Fantazy William Lawes 03:29
5. Fantazy William Lawes 02:49
6. Aire William Lawes 03:06
Set A6 In F 11:07
7. Aire William Lawes 02:14
8. Fantazy William Lawes 04:29
9. Aire William Lawes 01:29
10. Fantazy William Lawes 02:53
Set A6 In Bset A6 In B Flat 10:41
11. Fantazy William Lawes 04:09
12. Inominy William Lawes 04:02
13. Aire William Lawes 02:29
Set A6 In C 12:49
14. Fantazy William Lawes 02:58
15. Fantazy William Lawes 03:24
16. Inomine William Lawes 03:52
17. Aire William Lawes 02:33
18. Fantazy A6 In F William Lawes 04:27
Total time: 60:16

About this album

Seriously, there can be few experiences more absorbing than playing the six-part consorts of William Lawes. Resembling a cosmic leviathan in which individuals pursue their naked self-interests whilst harnessed to the iron will of the composer, this is music which challenges the boundaries of contrapuntal comprehension, providing endless fascination at each exposure to its craggy lines and sinewy textures. (…) from: liner notes by Laurence Dreyfus

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Classics Today

(...) fascinating stuff, emotionally gripping, and played to a passionate fare-thee-well by Phantasm (...)


(...) Nergens saai of eenvormig, Dromerige, fijnzinnige stukken, licht en verend gespeeld zoals de Aire in F, waarin de strijkinstrumenten klinken alsof ze door met fluweel bespannen strijkstokken worden aangestreken (...) (...) Wat een verrassende en eigeninnige componist was William Lawas, sommige composities klinken alsof ze gisteren gecomponeerd zijn..

www. medieval

(...) and here we have an interpretation & production with no drawbacks.


(...) wonderfully expressive playing (...) (...) this recording demand a place in the collection of all who would experience some of the greatest chamber music of the 17th centruy, the work of a composer, who, to qutoe Dreyfuss once more, is a dangerous narcotic.

International Record Review

(...) inexhaustable adours of the performance (...)

Financieel Dagblad

(...) De zwarte pracht van de reformatie dringt aan alle kanten door.

International Record Review

(...) attractive, energetic music, beautifully performed (...) (...) Phantasm has made this a fitting memorial for a memorable man: it would be difficult to find better comsort playing. (...)

Early Music

(...) I give Phantasm the laurel for an infectious rendering of this extraordinarily profound and bewitching music.


(..) Phantasm is truly in a class of its own.

The Independent

Few groupes have been as adept a Phantasm at conveying the full marvel of his music with its intertwining lines and astonishing leaps of imagination. This latest disc marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of one of this countrys greatest musical minds.

Brabants Dagblad

(...) deze vijf consorts bevatten een enerrie die een mens niet voor mogelijk houdt: klankerupties, jubelende op improvidsaties lijkende deetjes, meditative momenten, het volgt elkaar in een eindeloze stroom op en ook nog eens fantastisch gespeeld.


Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateAugust 2001
Recording LocationEv. Lutheran Church, Juva Finland
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerHein Dekker
ProducerJonathan Freeman-attwood