From Despair to Bliss, Bach’s piano work for viola and a world premiere – PHANTASM has a lot planned for the first quarter of the New Year!

On 3 February 2023, the third and final part of the award-winning series “The Well-Tempered Consort”, which the PHANTASM VIOL CONSORT launched in 2020, will be released. The programme, conceived by Laurence Dreyfus (the ensemble’s founder and artistic director) illuminates Bach’s fugues from the “Well-Tempered Clavier”, relates them to other works by the exceptional composer and brings to life the overwhelming diversity of characters, styles and emotions behind the notes. The trailer “Pièce d’orgue”, directed by Ralf Pleger, can be seen on YouTube – the entire film is currently available exclusively on Apple Music, and will soon be available on other platforms.

Two days later, the ensemble will perform at King’s College, Cambridge, with the programme From Despair to Bliss: Consort Music by Michael East and William Lawes in front of the Rubens altarpiece “The Adoration of the Magi”.

At the end of February, PHANTASM can be heard with the tenor Nicholas Mulroy in Berlin-Spandau, in the first edition of the newly founded early music festival SPAM.

PHANTASM will finally present a veritable world premiere in March in Berlin’s Pierre-Boulez-Saal: In The Art of Being Human, music of the 16th and 17th centuries, dance and visual arts are combined in an interdisciplinary performance.

Friday, 3 February 2023, outhere music
Bach: The Well-Tempered Consort – III

Sunday, 5 February 2023, King’s College Chapel
From Despair to Bliss
With works by Michael East and William Lawes
Daniel Hyde, organ

Saturday, 25 February 2023, Spandau Citadel, Italian Courts
Von Verzweiflung und Liebe
With works by William Byrd and Michael East
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor

Thursday 23 & Friday 24 & Saturday 25 March 2023, Pierre Boulez Hall
The Art of Being Human
With works by William Byrd, John Dowland, William Lawes, Henry Purcell and others.
Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol and musical direction / Alexander Polzin, visual concept / Sommer Ulrickson, choreography