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William J Gatens
American Record Guide, January 2017

Better consort playing can hardly be imagined. The choir of Magdalen College, Oxford is one of the outstanding traditional English choral foundations, and their performances here can hardly be faulted on technical grounds. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, January 2017

This album is very similar in structure to another entitled These Distracting Times (Obsidian 702; Fanfare 33:1).

Though I wouldn’t want to do without either album, the choral sound slightly favors Hyde and his singers. The sound imaging of individual soloists is a bit firmer on this release… © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph Graves
WTJU, November 2016

The Choir of Magdalen College sings in a straightforward fashion. The soloists have a rough quality to their delivery, which sounds completely authentic to me. Phantasm plays with precision and authority. Viols tend to have a wispy sound (compared to modern stringed instruments), but there’s nothing anemic about Phantasm.

That solid instrumental work coupled with the not-quite-polished sound of the choir really brings these works to life. These gritty performances have a beauty all their own. And that earthy beauty I found thoroughly appealing. © 2016 WTJU Read complete review

Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, October 2016

…the choir produces a beautiful sound and the text can be clearly understood. Its members deliver good performances of the solo episodes. …Another interesting aspect is the use of historical pronunciation, something which is seldom practised in recordings of English anthems. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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