Really fine music for viols, for those who like fine music for viols.
Excerpt from this review: Ward seems to have been thought of by his contemporaries as a 'gentleman' rather than a professional musician. But the tribute paid to him by Thomas Tomkins (who in 1622 dedicated a madrigal to him) is evidence of high regard from a professional composer whose own techniques were often unconventional and resisted the more immediately pleasing conventions of his period. Ward, as he tells us and Fanshawe in his dedication to the Madrigals, did not write for the 'queasie-pallated, or surfeited delight', but for the 'sound', those who, like his patron, could appreciate 'numbers' fitting to their 'innated Harmony'. Arguably, in his assimilation of states of feeling born of melancholy to music of striking design and originality, he challenges comparison with his great contemporaries, John Danyel and John Dowland.