The vocal and instrumental group Sacrae Cantiones derives from the Insieme Cameristico di Torino. It was constituted in 1989 on the occasion of the recording of a 17th century Neapolitan “Aria for soprano, flute and continuo” for an Italian TV programme. They perform pieces from the baroque repertoire, especially 17th and 18th century Chamber and Church Cantatas. The members of this group chose this particular repertoire after a careful study of the performing procedure typical of the time followed by specialisation courses under the supervision of experts in baroque interpretation. The group has performed in a number of Italian cities and in 1994 they were invited to the Chamber Music meeting at Wilenstein Castle, Rheinland-Pfalz, in Germany.

The aim of the Sérénade Trio is to investigate the interpretative and stylistic aspects of a group that enjoyed a sudden success and strong development during the first half of the 19th century. A great number of composers – particularly those working in the musical environment centered on Vienna – focused their attention on this group, because the potentials of their tone and sound evoked that of a small orchestral ensemble. In as little as thirty years over 150 pieces were composed for this Chamber group that suited the urgent demand for a new type of music intended for a refined and sophisticated audience. Most of this repertoire still awaits fair recognition of its artistic and cultural value, through an adequate study and musicological evaluation. Sérénade Trio makes use of original musical instruments dating back to the first half of the 19th century.

Cantares Trio and Quartet take on the repertoire of art song from different cultures and periods, promotes the performance of rare original works from the Austrian-German Hausmusik of the 18th and 19th century, follows in the profound footsteps of european and hispanic tradition of the 20th century, arriving at pieces specifically composed for the Cantares Trio. The communicative power of the word, be it an old nursery rhyme or a poet's thought, has always made use of its devoted travel companions: song, music. ¡Cantares!