In a few years, Concerto Soave has become a reference in the interpretation of Italian music of the Seicento. Born from the meeting of soprano María Cristina Kiehr and harpsichordist Jean-Marc Aymes, they bring together soloists specializing in the Italian repertoire of the 17th century. It comes in the form of a Concerto, in the sense understood at this time, with richly colored instrumental settings (archlute, harp, viola da gamba, violin, harpsichord, organ...) aiming to embed one or more voices.
The softness highlighted by Concerto Soave refers to that favored by artists of that time to convince their audience. More than strength, sweetness makes them learn the mysteries of the world, whether these are sacred (O quam suavis) or profane (Che soave armonia). Thus, Concerto Soave is an instrument for rediscovering a directory that never ends to reveal its beauty and richness. The Italy of the early 17th century presents a musical landscape of unique refinement and richness. The key position of the composer is involved in the sublime and triumphant image that the cities want to spread around the world.
The public and the specialized press universally hail each concert and recording of Concerto Soave, edited at l’empreinte digitale and Harmonia Mundi, as an event. Their next album, Il Canto delle Dame, dedicated to the music of Seicento Italian composers, will be released in October 2010 under the label Ambronay. The instrumental ensemble is a regular guest at the biggest festivals : Utrecht, Ambronay, Montreux, Bruges, Innsbruck, Nantes (La Folle Journée) and performs in major European cities: Paris (Cité de la Musique), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienne (Konzerthaus), Lisbonne (Gulbenkian), Londres (Lufthansa Festival), Bruxelles (Bozar), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Madrid (Caixa Forum)… in the United States (Library of Congress à Washington, Tropical Baroque Festival) and in Canada.
For the 2010-2011 season, Concerto Soave keeps enriching itself via encounters with musicians from elsewhere, such as the Palestinian singer and ‘ûd player Moneim Adwan, and ensembles and composers of contemporary music such as Musicatreize and Philippe Gouttenoire (creation around the Lamento by Ariane) or Les Éléments and Zad Moultaka (creation of a Passion).

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Concerto Soave is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication - DRAC Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur in respect of contracted sets of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, the General Council of Bouches-du-Rhône and the city of Marseille. The instrumental ensemble is member of the REMA (European Early Music Network) for the Mars en baroque festival organized in Marseille and of the FEVIS (Federation of Specialized Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles).
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