September 19, 1999

Sunday / Entertainment / Section G / Page 6


"The instruments of Renaissance music are as exotic as the languages in which the songs are sung: chitarra battente, bass viola da gamba, vihuela, cornetto; ancient French, middle English, Latin, Ladino. Berkley singer-scholar-musician Owain Phyfe and his accompanists somehow make it all seem welcoming and familiar. Must be the kind of magic Phyfe salutes in his introductory words about the mystic moods of twilight. This is mellow music, mostly about love, the sort of stuff they play while your buying candles in gift shops up north. In an automobile, it also makes an ideal vaccine against road rage; new vehicles should come with a Phyfe recording as standard equipment." ----Free Press Staff Writer, Martin F. Kohn


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