Italian Fantasia (2005)
With Medieval instruments and virtuoso vocalists, the Folger Consort explored the brilliant songs and instrumental pieces of Trecento Italy--pieces that Boccaccio's young Florentines may have enjoyed-- in Italian Fantasia. The second part of the program embraced the musical expression of the new humanism of the following century at the dawn of the Renaissance, and included 15th-century improvisatores preserved by the court musicians of Isabella d'Este in Mantua. The Folger Consort performed Italian Fantasia from April 1 to April 3, 2005.
- Robert Eisenstein: vielle, viola da gamba
- Christopher Kendall: lute, harp
- Johana Arnold: soprano
- Robert Mealy: vielle, violin
- Patricia Ann Neely: vielle, viola da gamba
- Mark Rimple: countertenor, lute