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L’Arpeggiata is a vocal and instrumental ensemble devoted to authentic performance. Its composition and personnel are flexible, but at its centre is its musical director and conductor, Christina Pluhar, whose enthusiasm and expertise galvanise the performances of her chosen musicians.

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  • Audio CD (23 Jan. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B006660TYE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Duerme negritoChristina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Philippe Jaroussky/Doron David Sherwin/Margit Übellacker/Sarah Ridy/Marcello Vitale/Boris Schmidt/Haru Kitamika/David Mayoral/Quito Gato 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Alfonsina y el mar (Zamba)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Sarah Ridy/Marcello Vitale/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Lucilla Galeazzi/Carmen Gaggl 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Montilla (Golpe)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Marcello Vitale/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Luciana Mancini/Doron David Sherwin/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pájaro campana (Polca)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Raul Orellana/Lincoln Almada 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Los pájaros perdidosPhilippe Jaroussky 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pajarillo verde (Pajarillo)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Lincoln Almada/Sarah Ridy/Doron David Sherwin/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Luciana Mancini/Carmen Gaggl 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Isla Sacá (Polca)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Lincoln Almada/Quito Gato/Raul Orellana 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La embarazada del viento (Gaita Margariteña)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Luciana Mancini/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Zamba para no morir (Zamba)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. ¡ Ay ! este azulChristina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Marcello Vitale/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Philippe Jaroussky/Raul Orellana/Eero Palviainen 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. El curruchá (Joropo)L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Eero Palviainen/Luciana Mancini/Doron David Sherwin/Lincoln Almada/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez/Quito Gato/Christina Pluh 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Caballo Viejo (Pasaje) & Alma Llanera (Joropo)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Lincoln Almada/Quito Gato/Raul Orellana 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La cocoroba (Joropo oriental)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Doron David Sherwin/Lincoln Almada/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Zamba del Chaguanco (Zamba)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Philippe Jaroussky/Eero Palviainen 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Como un pájaro libreChristina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Doron David Sherwin 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Como la cigarraChristina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Philippe Jaroussky/Raquel Andueza/Eero Palviainen/Raul Orellana 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Ojito de AguaChristina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/David Mayoral/Raul Orellana 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Polo margariteño (Polo)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Sarah Ridy/Doron David Sherwin/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Luciana Mancini/Raul Orellana/Carmen Gaggl 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. FandangoChristina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Sarah Ridy/Doron David Sherwin/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Raul Orellana/Margit Übellacker 9:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Besame mucho (Bolero)Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Raul Orellana/Raquel Andueza/Jesus Fernandez Baena 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

In a characteristically thrilling fusion of musical styles, L’Arpeggiata, the prizewinning ensemble led by harpist Christina Pluhar, presents a programme of Spanish and Latin American music that ranges from the 17th century to the present day. Guest vocalists include French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who sings the lyrical title tango, ‘Lost Birds’ by Ástor Piazzolla.

A thrilling and arresting fusion of musical styles and techniques is a trademark of L’Arpeggiata, the multi-faceted instrumental and vocal ensemble led by Christina Pluhar. This new collection – which takes its name, ‘Los Pájaros perdidos’ (‘the lost birds’), from a piece by the King of Tango, Ástor Piazzolla – brings a heady Latin American mix. Echoes from the pre-Columbian era, African rhythms and the styles and structures of the European Baroque all enrich this survey of music from the 17th century to the present day, with a geographical spread that covers Spain, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Venezuela.

The ensemble offers an array of exotic stringed instruments: the arpa llanera (a harp with a distinctive tinkling, airy sound); cuatro (a form of small, four-stringed guitar); bandolin (a kind of 15-stringed mandolin); jarana (an eight-stringed guitar); requinto (a high-pitched guitar), and charango (a small Andean guitar originally constructed from an armadillo shell). They are complemented by percussion, trumpet and clarinet, while the vocal parts are taken by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and Italian vocalist Lucilla Galeazzi (who both featured on L’Arpeggiata’s 2010 Mediterranean-themed album Via Crucis), the mezzo soprano Luciana Mancini (heard on L’Arpeggiata’s recording of the Monteverdi Vespers, receipient of Germany’s prestigious Echo award in 2011), the Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza and the Neapolitan-trained ballet dancer-turned-singer Vincenzo Capezzuto, who brings his haunting alto tones to several numbers. There are virtuosic guest instrumentalists too: Raul Orellana, on the charango, the Paraguayan harpist Lincoln Almada, and the Argentinian guitarist Quito Gato.

The title track is a lyrical tango, with a klezmer-like clarinet curling round Jaroussky’s vocal line, while the many other striking number include: the lively Pájarillo Verde from Venezuela, which will please fans of the Buena Vista Social Club; the melancholy Alfonsina y el Mar, sung by Lucilla Galeazzi; the haunting La embarazada del viento, with a powerful performance from Luciana Mancini; the sensual, purely instrumental Caballo Viejo.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. M. REISENBERGER on 5 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Part of the success of Chistina Pluhar and Arpeggiata's projects connecting early music with other traditions has always been that they are well founded in musicological research, and this new disc - drawing on the music of Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay - is no exception. The point of connection in this case is that the music of these countries uses the instruments of the early baroque largely unchanged from when they were first introduced by Spanish and Portuguese colonisers. The descendants of the baroque guitar and Renaissance harp in particular play a central role in the music of Venezuela and Paraguay, and for this CD Arpeggiata's traditional crew is augmented by players of the Venezuelan arpa llanera, cuatro (a miniature guitar also found in Cuba and Mexico), charango and maracas. None of which tells you what is most distinctive about this CD - the fabulous rhythmic intensity of the music, which Arpeggiata carry off with great verve. High-octane, propulsive, multi-layered in its polyrhythm, much of this music is exhiliratingly paced stuff I would defy anyone to sit still to!

As for the vocalists, Vincenzo Capezzuto is a male alto whose tone has an unusual pressed quality, perhaps something of an acquired taste, but who is extremely effective in the faster 'patter numbers' such as El Currucha. Jaroussky of course is as consummate as ever, the tone of lament he must have honed through countless Monteverdi arias perfect for the slower numbers; he only seems out of place in the central section of the title track, where his purity of voice entirely lacks the raw edginess which might better suit the strident, abrupt tango.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nareva on 24 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It is the sound of this disc which makes it so exhilerating. The tunes are mostly well known Latin American folk tunes. But the players are talented and superb performers, the voices strong, clear and enthousiastic. Finally, the sound of the barok instruments combined with a very clear recording make for wonderful listening. Excellent lethargy buster!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mortydee on 16 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
An intriguing decision to pair up Christina Pluhar's Arpeggiata baroque vocal and instrumental ensemble with a broad sweep of South American music from traditional folksongs to twentieth century tango and film music. The challenge is to not make it look like some condescending middle-class travelogue, and Pluhar achieves this with ease.

The singing is first rate, especially the remarkable countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the underused soprano Raquel Andueza who gets a chance to shine on 'Besame Mucho', where the double bass player is also allowed a stretch. The trumpet playing on the Astor Piazzolla-composed title track is delightful.

If there are faults, these are confined to Pluhar's booklet notes. A little less information of the technical details of the instruments and musical styles, and a bit more background on the songs themselves (only the first two tracks are provided with this, in this edition) might have helped.

Though the instrumental tracks are very good, it would have been better - and would have demonstrated the individual talents of the group - if there had been more ensemble pieces and fewer harp solos among them.

Otherwise this is a highly recommended purchase.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yoyo on 20 Feb. 2012
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This is one of the most beautiful discs I have ever heard. The music and the performers are exceptional. This Latin American music is so different from anything we hear in Europe as a rule. It's catchy, sweet, sad - everything rolled into one. I still cry every time I hear one song. It's so sad and so lovely - and the singer is truly amazing. Full marks for the booklet that accompanies the disc. It's both artistic and informative. Don't worry if you don't speak Spanish - the translations are all there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thebeardedoldgit on 17 April 2012
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This is a well engineered recording of a talented singer and her ensemble, ranging from the high octane Brazilian rhythms of Montilla to the hauntingly reflective Los Pajaros Perdidos of the album's title. The birds might be lost but this recording is definitely a find! Highly recommended if you appreciate Brazilian melodies and rhythms professionally executed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2012
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How to describe this CD? "Fusion" I think is the term in current use. It has elements of European Baroque, South American Baroque and South American contemporary and folk music. There are also echoes of African rhythms.

It is performed by L'Arpeggiata a group of musicians whose recordings of Monteverdi, Kapsberger and Lundi are exquisite but, for want of a better word, conventional, interpretations of European Baroque music.

Their disc, Monteverdi, Teatro d'Amore hinted at things to come.

I am too ignorant to go into the technical details of the instruments used. They sound like guitars, lutes, harps and violins and they take you from the stately measures of the seventeenth century to tangos in smoke filled bars. It seems mean to single out one performer when all are so good, but the quality of Philippe Jaroussky's counter-tenor voice is beyond compare.

I know it is a cliché, but on a cold winter's day in rural England, this music is lifting my spirits and warming my soul. Magic!
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