Live in Concert

October 14, 2008

What better way to enjoy the Baltimore Consort than live, and in a building perfectly suited to their fabulous catalog of early music. Take a journey back in time with a visit to the First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, S.C., during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for the location of this live recording. Surrounded by the ghosts of Scottish Presbyterians (whose congregation dates to 1731), the musicians and their audience felt a spiritual connection to the past. They also enjoyed the very lively sequence of tunes that fans of the Baltimore Consort know so well. The Baltimore Consort are regular performers at Piccolo Spoleto and this live album highlights the 2007 series. Coming together in Charleston allowed the group to play, within a single week, four or five different programs drawn from its repertory of old tunes, polished like tumbled rock through the years, as well as to explore new (old) music for future touring. Recording with them for the first time is a gifted soprano, Danielle Svonavec, and re-appearing after a 17-year hiatus is Mindy Rosenfeld, whose flute playing graced their fist seven seasons.