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John Jenkins: Five-Part Consorts Import


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  • Audio CD (May 29 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: AVIE
  • ASIN: B000NJKYOU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
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1. Fantasy 1 in G
2. Fantasy 7 in c
3. Fantasy 9 in c
4. Fantasy 17 in C
5. Pavan 2 in g
6. Fantasy 11 in c
7. Fantasy 6 in g
8. Fantasy 13 in d
9. Fantasy 15 in D
10. Fantasy 12 in d
11. Fantasy 16 in D
12. Fantasy 14 in d
13. Fantasy 3 in g
14. Fantasy 8 in c
15. Pavan 1 in G
16. Fantasy 5 in g
17. Fantasy 2 in g
18. Fantasy 4 in d
19. Fantasy 10 in c
20. Pavan 3 in F

Product Description

Phantasm explores the music of John Jenkins, one of the most refined and accomplished composers of the seventeenth century, in a superb recording which was named a Finalist at the 2007 Gramophone Awards. The five-part consorts see Jenkins at the height of his compositional powers, fashioning experimental works which test the perceptive powers of players and listeners alike. Jenkins’ wonderful harmonic explorations reveal music which is at turns sensuous and challenging, even furious and turbulent, but with sublime moments of touching insight and supreme beauty. ‘Let me come straight out with it,’ states director Laurence Dreyfus, ‘Jenkins is a marvel.’ Phantasm’s recording of Jenkins’ ‘Six-Part Consorts’ was equally well received; it was named ‘Album of the Week’ in two national newspapers. Phantasm is joined for this recording by Mikko Perkola. Originally released on Avie in 2009, ‘Jenkins: Five-Part Consorts’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best recordings from Linn artists. Phantasm has been widely acclaimed for its previous recordings: its 2015 recording of Lawes was named Limelight’s ‘Chamber Recording of the Year’, its 2011 recording of Byrd was named ‘Disc of the Month’ by BBC Music, and it won a 2004 Gramophone Award for its recording of Viol Consorts by Gibbons. Critics have described the ensemble and its recordings as ‘intoxicating’, ‘revelatory’, ‘electrifying’ and ‘interpretations pervaded by a truly burning spirit’. The award-winning ensemble has been applauded across the globe for its moving performances and is recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today. Phantasm’s international members (from Britain, Finland and the US) have toured extensively across Europe, North America and East Asia.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa14871ec) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0df26c0) out of 5 stars The New Kid on the Block Nov. 29 2007
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are precious few fully-skilled professional gamba consorts on the planet these days. The British ensemble Fretwork virtually owned the repertoire over the past three decades, and their mellow, meditative style of performance has dominated our audience expectations of what a closed consort of four to six violas da gamba should sound like.

Phantasm is the "new kid on the block" of such gamba consorts, and they have a different sound - more incisive, brisker, closer to the bridge. To my ears, they bring the timbre of the gamba closer to that of the modern string quartet, and for that reason perhaps they will appeal to modern sensibilities. I like their sound, though at first I wondered why they didn't play more like Fretwork. Hey! The good news is that there's room in the CD catalogue for two (or more) excellent gamba ensembles.

The music of John Jenkins ranks close to that of William Lawes and Matthew Locke in complexity of voicing and sonorous elegance. Never heard of Lawes or Locke? I'm not surprised. The great wealth of English music of the 17th C lay forgotten from the "continental putsch" of the Hanoverian era until the Early Music revival of our times. The Elizabethan/Jacobian gamba consort repertoire sounds like nothing else before or since. Not until late Haydn and Mozart did any chamber music approach it in emotional expression. This is not difficult music to enjoy. "Try it, you'll like it!" as my Bubbe used to say.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c48ee8) out of 5 stars Another beauty from Phantasm Feb. 6 2012
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful disc. Since their formation getting on for twenty years ago Phantasm have established themselves as one of the world's very finest viol consorts and the musicianship, verve and sheer beauty of sound evident in their previous recordings (their wonderful 2004 Gibbons disc, for example Gibbons: Consorts for Viols /Phantasm) runs right through this one, too.

Jenkins was active in the first half of the 17th century - roughly contemporary with William Lawes - but rather resisted the incoming Italian fashion for lighter, sonata-like compositions and pursued the English consort tradition of continuous polyphonic writing in which each voice in the viol consort has an equal importance throughout. The result is dense and resonant, rich in musical invention and variety of themes and moods. This, combined with the excellence of the performance and the superb quality of the recorded sound, made this disc thoroughly captivating for me. You can listen with care to the interplay of instruments and find real musical interest throughout, or just let the fabulous sound enfold you like a comfort blanket. Very warmly recommended (as is its companion disc of Jenkins's Six-Part Consorts J Jenkins: Six-Part Consorts /Phantasm and the equally good one of Ward's Consort Music John Ward: Consort music for five and six viols.)



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