Southeast Faculty Member Paul Thompson Featured on Just Released CD of Italian Cantatas, Sonatas

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 20, 2009 — Naiaid Records has just released a commercially produced compact disc featuring Italian Cantatas and Sonatas of the Baroque era, showcasing Southeast Missouri State University faculty member Paul Thompson on the Baroque flute. 

The recording project was done in St. Louis in spring 2009 and is now available online and at commercial outlets throughout the United States.

The recording includes cantatas and sonatas by the eminent Baroque composers, George Frideric Handel and Antonio Caldara.  It was recorded by St. Louis’ pre-eminent historical music specialists, the Kingsbury Ensemble. On this recording, Southeast music faculty member Paul Thompson can be heard in a solo capacity in the “Sonata in E Minor for Flute and Continuo” by Handel.  In addition, he recorded the flute obbligato part of the cantata by Handel — “Mi palpita il cor” — with Baroque counter-tenor specialist, Jay Carter.

The Kingsbury Ensemble is one of the Midwest’s premier professional early music groups.  Under the direction of Maryse Carlin, harpsichordist at Washington University in St. Louis, it performs a wide range of repertoire from the early Baroque period through the Classic era.  For more information, please visit the ensemble’s Web site at kingsburyensemble.org.