Viola da gambist and founder member of the acclaimed Baroque trio Fantasticus Robert Smith makes his solo recording debut with a fascinating programme of 17th-century works for lyra viol. Employing new editions prepared by the performer, the majority of this stunning recital is from English composers and was sourced from a manuscript collection of mysterious origin housed in the British Library.
"An exemplary showcase for the music of a forgotten member of the English viol consort... Robert Smith’s readings are technically assured... "
Robin Stowell - The Strad - September 2014
"...this is a fascinating and magnificently performed recital of recondite and yet attractve music that I have found is best listened to in the quiet and solitude of the late evening."
Christopher Price - International Record Review - September 2014
Performance ***** Recording *****
"...Such a gamut of styles demands terrific flexibility, and Robert Smith is an outstanding interpreter, casting eloquent melodies and long-breathed contrapuntal lines. The airy acoustic captures the resonance of his instrument in a recording that delights and surprises."
Kate Bolton - BBC Music magazine - September 2014