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L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar – Rossi : La lyra d’Orfeo & Arpa Davidica (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar – Rossi : La lyra d’Orfeo & Arpa Davidica (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1kHz | Time – 02:39:16 minutes | 3,94 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Erato – Warner Classics

Christina Pluhar has long been interested in the vocal music of the 17th century, in particular that of composer Luigi Rossi born around 1597 in the beautiful province of Puglia. He was the titular composer to the Medicis in Florence before taking a job with Cardinal Barberini in Rome. In France, Cardinal Mazarin commissioned him to produce the first Italian opera written specifically for the French court. In a manner of speaking, Rossi is at the root of the productions that another Italian, Lully, would later write for Louis XIV.

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Philippe Jaroussky, L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar – Los Pajaros Perdidos (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Philippe Jaroussky, L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar – Los Pajaros Perdidos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2kHz | Time – 01:15:25 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Erato

Since founding L’Arpeggiata in 2000 as an early music ensemble, Christina Pluhar has taken it in some directions not usually associated with the rarified world of historically informed performance practice, particularly into the traditions of Southern European folk music and jazz. In Los Pájaros Perdidos: The South American Project, she ventures even further afield into the world of modern Latin American popular song and folk song. She argues persuasively that the Renaissance and Baroque instruments the Spanish introduced to the New World in the 16th and 17th century remained essentially the same, while back in Europe they developed in entirely new directions so that the difference between the sound of an early music ensemble and a popular South American instrumental group is less significant than one might expect. Based on the sound of this album, she seems to be right. She uses both European and Latin American instruments and although the results are clearly not exactly the same as they would be with either group on its own, they’re awfully close, certainly close enough to make the project entirely persuasive. Each of the songs or instrumentals uses instruments from both worlds and the blend is often magical. The addition of the European psaltery and distinctive American percussion in particular expand the traditional sound of either culture. The singers are all members of L’Arpeggiata and succeed in varying degrees in hitting the swing of the Latin rhythms. Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is perhaps the least effective, although his singing is consistently beautiful. It’s only in contrast to Lucilla Galeazzi, Luciana Mancini, Vincenzo Capezzuto, and Raquel Andueza, who sound like they have this idiom in their blood, that Jaroussky sounds less that fully effective. Mancini is especially impressive; her gutsy alto is ideally suited to fiery, passionate songs like Montilla, while Capezzuto shines in the sunnier songs, and Galeazzi and Andueza excel in the languid, achingly poignant ballads. Andueza’s yearning Besame mucho is one of the highlights of the album. L’Arpeggiata and the quartet of Latin American instruments headed by Quito Gato play their hearts out. Virgin Classics’ sound is immaculate, finely detailed, and warmly intimate. Highly recommended.

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L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar – Improvisations on Purcell / Purcell: Music for a While (Standard) (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar – Improvisations on Purcell / Purcell: Music for a While (Standard) (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2kHz | Time – 01:16:11 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Erato

After the intoxicating heat of Mediterraneo, released in 2013, Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata – again in the company of countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, soprano Raquel Andueza and alto singer Vincenzo Capezzuto – now head to the cooler climes of England with Music for a while, an album based on the haunting, graceful and sometimes deeply moving music of Henry Purcell.

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L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar – Mediterraneo (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mediterraneo – L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 01:06:01 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical, Folk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics
Recorded: Institut Culturel Roumain de Paris, Salle Byzantine, Palais de Béhague, Paris, October 2012

Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata invite you on a musical cruise that will take you from Portugal to Turkey, following the coasts of Spain, Catalonia, Greece and Italy, caressed by the rocking of the waves and the captivating dialogue between traditional plucked instruments of the Mediterranean region – the qanun, saz, Greek lyre and lavta, the oud and Portuguese guitar – and the Baroque strings of L’Arpeggiata.
Mediterraneo is a musical exploration of the Mediterranean Sea. It features the fabulous voices of Misia, Nuria Rial, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Raquel Andueza and Katerina Papadopoulou who perform traditional tarantellas, sung in Greek. Those folk pieces were a custom in the Baroque era in the Greek-Albanian villages of Calabria. Join Christina Pluhar on this unique musical odyssey.

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