The trio Voces Intimae, Riccardo Cecchetti – piano, Luigi de Filippi – violin, Sandro Meo – violoncello, has appeared in such halls as the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Frick Collection in New York, Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, the Oude Muziek Festival in The Netherlands, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Brugge, deSingel in Antwerp, the Festival Classique in The Hague, the Festival Europalia-Italia in Belgium, Festival dei due Mondi of Spoleto, Amici della Musica of Florence, Unione Musicale in Turin, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti in Rome, Bologna Festival, Amici della Musica in Perugia. The Trio has given concerts for the Presidents of the Italian Republic G. Napolitano and C.A. Ciampi, at the Quirinale residence in Rome. They have appeared at BBC-Radio3 e RAI-Radio3. Voces Intimae regularly appears as an ensemble for the collaboration of new ballet productions with the Rome Opera House.
Voces Intimae records for Challenge Classics. The first release was the premiere worldwide recording on period instruments of the Robert Schumann piano trios op.63 & 110. It was awarded the “Period Instrument Choice” award by BBC-Radio3 and “CD of the Month” by Suonare News. Trio recorded a very successful CD dedicated to the piano trios of L.T. Gouvy, a quite unknown but precious French romantic composer. Future projects include the second and last volume of the Robert & Clara Schumann piano trios and an important project focussed on Brhams piano trios and quartets, both recorded on modern instruments. Voces Intimae recorded the complete edition of the trios of J.N. Hummel on Warner Classics, again on period instruments, and was awarded “Critics CD of the Year 2006” and “CD of the Week” by BBC Radio3’s CD Review, “Choice of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine and “Cdécisif” by the Radio Suisse Romande. Voces Intimae has recorded the trios of Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn Bartoldy, as well as a selection of a rare repertoire of 19th century Fantasias based on the operas of Vincenzo Bellini, all on period instruments.
The aim of the trio is to restore the music to the purity of its original form, and to realise the true intentions of the composer in their production of tone and phrasing. Thus, they hope to bring the authentic historical context back to life in their performance of the music. The name Voces Intimae was chosen to convey the trio’s sensitivity to the subtleties of the repertoire, preferring, for instance, to highlight the delicate suggestion of a horse’s trotting gait in the rhythm of a passage of music, rather than thoughtlessly articulating it in a manner recalling the sound of a round of artillery. In this way, the group allows the subtle complexities, the delicate and ever-shifting shades of colour, and the streaks of melancholy running through the music to shine through, all aspects which were often neglected during the 20th century.
Press quotations on the Trio include: “…. The best piano trio in the world….” Knack Focus – Rudy Tambuyser; “…quality performance…” Il Venerdì de La Repubblica – Enzo Siciliano; “…a performance of inspired clarity and subtle expression, characterized by a transparent interpretation and flawless intonation…” The Strad; “…Their readings, tasty and sophisticated, have an exquisite and friendly spirit, that easily affects the listener…” Suonare – A. Foletto; “…the colours and distinctive voices of Voces Intimae are a revelation” BBC Music Magazine – George Pratt; “….Voces Intimae restores to this music all its poetry and transparency…” Le Monde de la Musique – Vincent Casanova; “…Three excellent interpreters…” 5 stars Amadeus – Massimo Rolando Zegna. www.vocesintimae.it
The interplay between the players is a delight… the performance is magnetic..” Gramophone – Edward Greenfield