Chatham Baroque

Sweet Desire (2008)

Prothimia suavissima sive sonatarum selectissimarum

“Prothimia suavissima sive sonatarum selectissimarum,” a title that roughly translates to “A Desire for the Choicest Sonatas,” is a fascinating collection of mid-seventeenth-century small-ensemble sonatas. With few exceptions, the sonatas — twenty-four in all — are engagingly well crafted, often alternating strict fugal sections with strikingly quirky passages that meld the rich sonorities of late-Renaissance modal harmonies with the new and rapidly developing tonal palettes emanating from Italy during this period.

With guests
Chris Verrette, baroque violin
J. Tracy Mortimore, G violone
Dominic Teresi, dulcian
Greg Ingles, alto trombone & tenor trombone
Webb Wiggins, chamber organ


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