Il Suonar Parlante (Vittorio Ghielmi)
“Il Suonar Parlante”: this expression, invented by Nicolò Paganini, refers to a special sound emission technique by which musical instruments can really imitate the human voice. This technique has survived in certain marginal European and extra-European areas and is essential for a new interpretation of our ancient musical patrimony.
Vittorio Ghielmi's initiative, the ensemble Il Suonar Parlante, has successfully aimed at and reached the collaboration between musicians in view to bring back to life this image of sound by means of artistic productions, seminars, congresses and collection of documents. The viols consort is Il Suonar Parlante’s core group, and is based on the collaboration of four gamba soloists: Vittorio Ghielmi, Rodney Prada, Fahmi Alqhai and Cristiano Contadin.
After two CDs under the name Quartetto Italiano di viole da gamba, one dedicated to J.S.Bach preludes to the chorals with the Tölzer Knabenchor (Winter&winter, 2000), and the second in collaboration with the American jazz pianist Uri Caine (Goldberg Variations), the ensemble changed its name to Il Suonar Parlante. Since than it has been invited to play at many important classical festivals. The ensemble also works with jazz players such as Uri Caine, Kenny Wheeler, Don Byron, Markus Stockhausen, Ernst Reijsiger etc., who write new compositions for the gamba group.
In 2007 Il Suonar Parlante was orchestra in residence for the 46th Semana de Musica Religiosa de Cuenca, Madrid, where in an enlarged setting (35 musicians) and accompanied by the Swedish choir Rilke Ensemblen (G.Eriksson), it was the protagonist of the world premiere of a big spectacle based on Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, conceived and conducted by Ghielmi and with the collaboration of American film maker Marc Reshovsky.
Il Suonar Parlante records for the Munich record company Winter&Winter. Full of Colour, with jazz cello player Ernst Reijsiger, published in March 2006 has been recognized as “an absolute revolution for the sound of ancient instruments” (Diapason d’or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Preis des Deutsches Schallplatten). Further releases are Purcell fantasias (2008) and Die Kunst der Fuge with Lorenzo Ghielmi (2009).