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How wonderful to hear the organ within a consort of viols! Lawes was appointed ‘musician in ordinary’ to King Charles I, these consorts being written between 1636 and 1639. Extraordinary imagination is brought to bear in these fantasies, pavans and In nomines. By 1640, this musical world was about to change forever, so Lawes’s consorts represent the most mature of renaissance musical creations. The sound is clear and resonant, the portative organ fitting in discreetly, rather than dominating. This is music that reveals more and more levels of sophisticated invention with repeated playings.

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