Saturday 30 March 20:00
Gamle Aker church
Duration: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Photo: Markus Räber
ROMA, CITTÀ SACRA - ROME, A HOLY CITY
ORGAN, THEORBO AND VIOLONE
Papal Music from Baroque Rome
Since its establishment in 2012, Voces Suaves has taken audiences and critics by storm, performing at major European concert venues and festivals.
The Roman School is associated with a group of Renaissance and Baroque composers who cultivated an ideal of purity in the musical expression. From the middle of the 16th century and well into the 17th, the school achieved great historical significance for the development of church music, especially for polyphonic vocal music. Composers such as G. P. da Palestrina, Tomás Luis de Victoria and Gregorio Allegri worked in Rome during this important period in music history. One of the perhaps most important composers in the Roman School, besides Palestrina, was Giacomo Carissimi (1605–1674). In Carissimi's time as a composer, the impact of church music was reduced to the benefit of secular music, which proved to be critical for the further development of artistic music. Carissimi was one of the major innovators during this development, and is today regarded as an important contributor to the renewal of a variety of musical forms from that period, including the oratorio, cantata, recitation and aria. The changes were made in such a skilled manner that all further development of these forms built upon his ideas. At the concert, Voces Suaves performs Carissimi's gripping oratorio Jephte that tells the story of Jephthah who sacrifices his own daughter, found in the Old Testament Book of Judges. Voces Suaves also performs vocal music by other important representatives of this school such as Bernardo Pasquini, Bonifazio Graziani, Francesco Foggia and Giuseppe Corsi.
Voces Suaves was established in 2012 and has already performed at major European festivals and concert venues such as Festival d'Ambronay, Festival de Saintes, Freunde Alter Musik Basel, Monteverdi Festival Cremona and Musica Antiqua Bruges. The vocal octet was founded during the time the members studied at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. An important source of inspiration for the ensemble was Italian conductor Francesco Saverio Pedrini, who led the ensemble until 2016. The group specialises in Renaissance and Baroque music, and the composition of the ensemble varies with the programme to be performed, and they collaborate with instrumentalists when needed. All vocalists in the ensemble are soloists, and most are affiliated with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The ensemble's broad historical and linguistic knowledge results in first-class interpretations of Italian madrigals and oratorios as well as German early Baroque repertoire.
Photo: Markus Räber