Official release date: 4 March 2016
Voces Suaves is a vocal ensemble from Basle which specializes in one-to-a-part performances of Renaissance and Baroque music. Relying on a good knowledge of the historical context and of the language sung, it seeks to achieve a warm and full overall sound that offers a direct experience of music through the emotions. The ensemble was founded in 2012 by Tobias Wicky and consists of a core of nine professional singers under the direction of Francesco Saverio Pedrini. The majority of members are connected with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Depending on the programme, the number of performers varies and if necessary instrumentalists are added.
Since 2013 Voces Suaves has been part of “Le Capitali della Musica”, a new concert series founded by Pedrini in Zurich, in which each concert focuses on a musical centre of Italy in a given period.
In 2014-2015 Voces Suaves took part in the European co-operation programme eeemerging, Emerging European Ensembles, which promoted the artistic development of the ensemble and allowed it to present self-designed concert programmes at different European Baroque festivals.
Most music that is played nowadays was passed down to us through handwritten and printed music sources. These are a fundamental part of our cultural heritage which deserve to be unearthed and shown in their full glory. The first step in this process is compiling an inventory of music sources held in libraries, archives, monasteries and private collections, a task the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)
has been pursuing for 60 years with working groups in countries around the world. In this regard, the RISM is undeniably one of the most important collaborative efforts in the humanities.
Francesco Saverio Pedrini
Born in Parma in 1973, he graduated in organ with Francesco Tasini at the conservatory of his native city. After studying composition in Parma and musicology in Cremona, he specialized in the study of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with A. Marcon and J.-C. Zehnder. He was awarded prizes in the international organ competitions of Bruges and Borca di Cadore. He has performed as a soloist, and in ensembles and orchestras in Europe, USA, Latin America and Japan, collaborating among the others with Kammerorchester Basel, Le Parlement de Musique, Proteus, L’Aura Soave, I Virtuosi delle Muse, Tölzer Knabenchor and Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.
In 2006 he founded the International Organ Festival of the City of Parma. Since 2007 he has been Korrepetitor in the Opernklasse of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is artistic director and founder of the project “Le Capitali della Musica” in Zurich