Lawes

Lawes The Royal Consort

Lawes

The Royal Consort
Phantasm
Linn CKD 470 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Reviewed August 2015

Charles I’s favourite composer, William Lawes, killed at the siege of Chester, shows us why the monarch thought so well of him. The music contains adventurous harmonies, infectious dances, humorous twists and captivating colours, and it’s all brought brilliantly to life by the ensemble Phantasm, their sumptuous playing framed by an effortlessly revealing recording. Lawes thoroughly deserves it; this is essential and revelatory.