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.
Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba
Scott Pauley, theorbo & baroque guitar