Concerto Palatino is an ensemble dedicated to the music of the high Renaissance and Early Baroque, but more particularly to any music which features cornetti and trombones. Thought in the 17th century to be the ideal instrument both for its uncanny ability to imitate the human voice and for its extreme agility, the cornetto was often paired with trombones to form a wind %22concerto%22. Such an ensemble existed in Bologna for over 200 years under the name %22Il concerto palatino della Signoria di Bologna.%22 In 1987 Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet formed an ensemble borrowing this historical name and dedicated to reviving the music of these instruments with all of their %22vocality%22 and virtuosity.
Concerto Palatino has collaborated with such ensembles as Cantus Cölln (Konrad Junghänel), Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe), Tragicomedia (Steven Stubbs and Erin Headley), the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), and the Bach Collegium Japan.
In addition to highly acclaimed recordings of Schütz, Gabrieli, and Monteverdi they have made first recordings of the Marian Vespers of Francesco Cavalli, the Missa Maria Concertata of Christoph Strauss, and Palestrina's Missa sine nomine preserved in a manuscript of J. S. Bach. They can be heard on ATMA's 2002 release of Monteverdi's Vespers.