The program for A Charpentier Showcase includes works written for chorus and soloists with strings, typically violins and violas, and perhaps one viola da gamba. But our ensemble is five gambas and two flutes. We asked Paul Flight, why five gambas? He writes: "Truth be told, I heard Jordi Savall's Le Concert des Nations performing the music with gambas, and I liked the delicate timbre of the viols. I think the addition of two flutes gives a lovely smoothness as well."
Listen to this excerpt and see what you think: Maestro Savall leading the soloists and players in the Missa "Assumpta est Maria"