Sunday, 20 January 2008

38. William Lawes - Consort Setts (1630s)


Title: Consorts in Four and Five Parts
Performer: Phantasm
Director: Lawrence Dreyfus
Year: 1999
Length: Around 49 minutes


Now this was an amazing recording, Lawes brings a lot of innovation to some very beautiful music. The music itself is amazing, string consort sets and very lively amazing stuff. But much more interesting than that are the little dissonances and contrasts that Lawes likes to put here.

So finally an obscure Anglo composer who is really worth the right of admission, one of those little pearls that if you never heard about it you really should. The reason why Lawes has been an obscure composer was the fact that dissonance was really not on until much later so he was kind of forgotten after his death.

Very highly recommended music here and one CD I just bought from Amazon, ahead of its time and very, very lovely music.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

William Lawes spent all his adult life in Charles's employ. He composed secular music and songs for court masques (and doubtless played in them), as well as sacred anthems and motets for Charles's private worship. He is most remembered today for his sublime viol consort suites for between three and six players and his lyra viol music. His use of counterpoint and fugue and his tendency to juxtapose bizarre, spine-tingling themes next to pastoral ones in these works made them disfavoured in the centuries after his death; they have only become widely available in recent years.

A suite fro two guitars by William Lawes:

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