Cantar alla Viola Revives a Sound Not Heard Since the Renaissance

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Cantar alla Viola in the WNYC Studio

The gorgeous combination of voice and viola da gamba (an ancestor of both the guitar and the cello) was often heard in Europe during the Renaissance--but rarely since. Reviving that practice is Cantar alla Viola, featuring singer Nadine Balbeisi and viola da gamba player Fernando Marín. David Garland welcomes the duo to the WNYC studio to perform and talk about Spanish, Italian, and English music of the Renaissance, plus their unique take on Brazilian Bossa Nova.