In May of 2006, I produced a series of concerts with the Basso Profundo Joel Fredericksen of solo and duo music from the 17th century. I included on this program the motet, Domine, Deus Meus, which I had had for a long time in my manuscript collection. However, I transposed it down a whole step, to bring it in line with both my voice, and the prevailing Roman pitch at the time of its composition. The motet was such a great hit that there was immediately, from many in the audience, encouragement for me to make a recording of Carissimi’s solo motets. I also received an offer, immediately after the concert there, of the Jesuit Chapel in Mindelheim (built circa 1630) as a place to make the recording. I then spent the ensuing summer collecting 17th and early 18th century copies of manuscripts of Carissimi’s solo soprano motets, which I found in libraries spread all over Europe (including a copy of Domine, Deus Meus in the key I had already performed it, published 2 years after Carissimi’s death). After collecting the music, I approached the chief recording engineer of Bavarian Radio, Wilhelm Meister, and the head of Hänssler Editions, Günter Hänssler, about making this recording. After considerable back and forth, we settled on a week at the beginning of October, 2007 in the Jesuitenkirche in Mindelheim (possessor of one of the finest acoustics I have ever heard). A week before the recording, I came down with a terrible cold, and feared the recording would have to be postponed…problematic , to say the least, in an unheated church in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps at the onset of winter. However…with my organist, Michael Eberth’s help, we pushed through, and managed to record over an hour of music in only four days…with four sessions of approximately three hours each.