VIVA ITALIA! The Queen’s Chamber Band

Harpsichordist Elaine Comparone and the Queen's Chamber Band present gems from the baroque by Dowland, Monteverdi, Antonio Brioschi, Giacomo Gorzanis, J.C. Bach, and Handel
“This diverse program has a thread of logic connecting the elements. The composers are Italian, or were influenced by Italian style … The performances are a delight. All of the vocals (Monteverdi, Gorzanis, Handel) are taken by Marshall Coid, who should become more familiar as news of his prowess gets around. He produces the powerful, yet unforced tone of a true countertenor…a disc for the adventurous who want to be surprised.”

– Fanfare

In 1762, John Christian Bach was appointed Music Master to England’s Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of “Mad” King George III. With a few close musical friends, the “London Bach” formed an ensemble to entertain Her Majesty in her private chambers – The Queen’s Chamber Band . In this spirit of intimate, personal performance Elaine Comparone, “a harpsichordist with few equals” (The New York Times), has successfully recreated The Queen’s Chamber Band with musical friends Marshall Coid, countertenor, Daniel Waitzman, flutes, Marsha Heller, oboe, Robert Zubrycki and Lori Miller, violins, Yari Bond, cello and Jerry Willard, lute and baroque guitar. The Queen’s Chamber Band, in its modern incarnation, performs a superbly chosen, intimate program that combines breathtaking virtuosity, profound historical perspective and expertise and extraordinary musical sensitivity.


  1. Three Selections from Scherzi Musicali – Claudio Monteverdi
  2. Quintet in D Major for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello, Harpsichord and Baroque Guitar (arr. Comparone) – John Christian Bach
  3. Aria from Julius Caesar for Countertenor, Flute, Oboe, Two Violins and Basso Continuo (arr. Coid) – George Frideric Handel
  4. Five Napolitane for Countertenor and Lute – Giacomo Gorzanis
  5. Overture No. 4 in G Major for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo – Antonio Brioschi
  6. Two Galliards and a Pavan – John Dowland