Sweet Desire

Prothimia suavissima sive sonatarum selectissimarum
Dorian Recordings, A division of Sono Luminus LLC

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

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.