Voces Suaves

Voces Suaves, which performs Renaissance and Baroque music with solo voices, is a vocal ensemble based in Basel. Taking into account the insights of historical performance practice, the ensemble strives for captivating rhetoric combined with a warm and full overall sound that makes the music come alive with emotion. By virtue of the intensive collaboration, a great familiarity within the musical work has evolved.

The ensemble, founded in 2012 by Tobias Wicky, is made up of a core of eight professional singers of whom most have a connection with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. After the ensemble had been shaped over several years by Francesco Saverio Pedrini, it has worked without a musical director since 2016. Consequently, the creative will of each individual member is indispensable for the attainment of the artistic result. The formation varies depending on the program. Instrumentalists are incorporated when necessary.

The repertoire contains a broad selection of Italian madrigals, works of the Early German Baroque, and larger-scaled Italian oratorios and Masses. In planning the programs, care is taken to include works by forgotten composers, such as Lodovico Agostini or Giovanni Croce, alongside those of well-known masters like Monteverdi or Schütz.

Important performances have taken Voces Suaves to prestigious festivals throughout Europe, including the Festival d’Ambronay, the Festival de Saintes, the Freunde Alter Musik Basel, the Monteverdi Festival Cremona, the Musica Antiqua Festival Bruges, the Festival Potsdam Sanssouci, and the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik. In the years 2014–16 the ensemble participated in the European promotion program “eeemerging, Emerging European Ensembles Project.”

Voces Suaves regularly joins together with other ensembles in order to perform larger-scale works, such as Monteverdi’s Vespers or Schütz’s so-called Swan Song (Psalms 119 & 110 and German Magnificat). Moreover, Voces Suaves has maintained long-standing collaborations with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher and Johannes Strobl.

Since 2015 various recordings by Voces Suaves have been released on the claves records, Ambronay éditions, Arcana (Outhere Music), and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi labels, and been honored with international prizes (including the Diapason découverte).

Migrating Madrigals - Love songs from Italy, England and Germany

Distribution: 9 musicians


Instruments: theorbo

Duration: ca. 65 minutes

Do you think of the Madrigal as an exclusively Italian Genre? think again! In this program ensemble Voces Suaves explores the migration of the Madrigal across the Alps. It presents some of the most beautiful and entertaining Madrigals from Renaissance Germany and England, alongside their Italian role models, by composers such as Luca Marenzio, John Dowland, Heinrich Schütz and Thomas Morley.

Komm in meinen Garten - Song of Songs settings and Love songs of the German Baroque

Distribution: 13 musicians

Singers: SATB SATB

Instruments: cornetto, bass viol, theorbo, organ

Duration: ca. 80 Minutes

This program combines Song of Songssettings by Melchior Franck with secular love songs by his contemporary Johann Hermann Schein. The wonderful biblical love poetry and the pastoral love songs complement and allude to each other. The program is a further cooperation of Voces Suaves with the renowned organist Jörg-Andreas Bötticher. It was recorded by the ensemble for the Deutsch Harmonia Mundilabel and received wide critical acclaim.

Monteverdi’s Muse - Music for Caterina Martinelli

Distribution: 10 musicians

Singers: SSATTBB

Instruments: theorbo, Gamba, Harp

Duration: 70 minutes

This program is dedicated to the musical relationship between the revolutionary composer Claudio Monteverdi and the singer Caterina Martinelli, who was his muse and protégé until her untimely death. It follows Martinelli’s extraordinary and tragic life, and includes one of Monteverdi’s most moving works, “La Sestina” madrigal cycle, composed in her memory.

Laboravi in gemitu meo

Carlo Gesualdo (1566 - 1613)

Non mi conosci tu?

Giaches de Wert (1535-1596)

Sfogava con le stelle

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)