Ars Humana deepens and takes to its extreme the rhetorical capacity of Baroque music, the ultimate goal of every eighteenth-century composer. It does it based on a specialized knowledge in historical informed performance and using copies of original instruments whose common characteristic is the capacity for dynamic and colour variation like the oboe, brilliantly described by Mattheson as "the instrument that almost speaks"; and the lutes, instruments that Vicenzo Galilei praised for their possibilities to express affections. These group accompany, and comment the expressive melodies of the soprano Jeanne-Marie Lelièvre who can make fine musical nuances without having her voice obscured by the accompaniment, as well as carrying out unforeseen dramatic turns that are immediately answered and amplified by the instrumental ensemble.
On one side, the lutes, accompanied by the Cello, transfer through their long, almost magic strings, the emotions of the singer and on the other the reflection of her soul is interpreted by the oboe, just as the chorus in the Greek tragicomedy comments the inner conflicts of its protagonists.
And that is what Ars Humana is all about, it wants to thrill the public, break barriers of the established in the music of the eighteenth century and delve into its true purpose, that of transporting rhetoric to the world of sounds.
- Ad Majorem Musicae artis gloriam -
Ars Humana is a young ensemble founded by Laura Alvarado at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, one of the most prestigious institutions of early music. By using deep knowledge of historical interpretation, added to its unique instrumentation, Ars Humana manages to make each performance a quintessential example of baroque rhetoric. Its repertoire is focused on performance of cantatas for voice and oboe of the XVII and XVIII centuries.
Its members have performed with top ensembles such as La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Dunedin Consort, l’Arte del Mondo, Le concert Spirituell, La capilla real de Madrid and Orchestre Français des Jeunes in prestigious Concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Royal Opera of Versailles, Theater Basel, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, among others.
Besides its performance activities, Ars Humana is committed on research and rediscovery of works by unexplored composers as well on develop humanitarian projects in third world countries.