The best known Passion compositions in German or Western music in general include those of Bach, Handel and Telemann and perhaps also Charpentier, Delalande and Scarlatti. In addition, a multitude of wonderful masterpieces have been created over the centuries which are little known today. Hopkinson Smith, a pioneer of the lute, and Mariana Flores have compiled a remarkable selection of lamentations and Passion music from the early 16th and 17th centuries: a combination of works printed by Petrucci in Vienna (including Tromboncino’s Lamentations, Verdelotto and Spinacino) as well as instrumental compositions from the following century including Frescobaldi, Kapsberger, Monteverdi and the Spaniard Ruimonte.

Mariana Flores – Soprano
Hopkinson Smith – Lute