The lament was a genre all its own in Italian Baroque opera, one of the most famous being Arianna's Lament by Monteverdi. Sopranos, in particular, would expire on a rock, because of betrayals and broken hearts, lamenting their fate to the audience all the way! The audience would typically write about their emotional reactions-it seems that sometimes the audiences were literally awash in tears! This new group, winner of the Early Music America Competition in 2003, picks both vocal and instrumental laments from the Lament literature and performs them beautifully in the style and appropriate instrumentation. Catherine Webster, the soprano, handles all this music and ornamentation with ease, and the ensemble plays very well. This group is on tour as I write this. If they are near you or in your city, don't miss their concerts!