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.


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: vielle, viola da gamba
  • Christopher Kendall: lute, harp

Guest artists

  • Johana Arnold: soprano
  • Robert Mealy: vielle, violin
  • Patricia Ann Neely: vielle, viola da gamba
  • Mark Rimple: countertenor, lute