'Phantasm deliver moments of perfection'

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'In the warm acoustics of St Mary’s Church, the smooth autumnal homogeneity of Phantasm combined with the ethereal vocal purity of Tenebrae to present a glowing sequence of instrumental fantasies, anthems and, ultimately, that jewel among Gibbons’ madrigals, “The silver swan”.

They were all moments of perfection. In the instrumental numbers, the delivery of the music’s inner subtleties and details were sublime, and in one specific case for the bass viols – the variations on the song Go From My Window – crazily virtuosic. And when both groups merged in such well-known verse anthems as This is the Record of John, the combined effect was like heaven on earth.'

Leo Hintermayer