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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00B12QXLQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Are mou rindineddha
2. Sem saber
3. Hasapiko
4. Tres sirenas
5. Hicâz Mandira
6. Pizzica di San Vito
7. Amygdalaki tsakisa
8. La Dama d'Aragó
9. Amor de mel, amor de fel
10. Günes & ay
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Are mou Rindineddha - Sem saber - Hasapiko - Tres sirenas - Mediterraneo trailer
2. Sem saber
3. Hasapiko
4. Tres sirenas
5. Mediterraneo trailer

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By JB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
For this project Christina Pluhar and her group L'Arpeggiata explore music from the 'olive frontier', an area comprising a small part of France, Turkey and North Africa, as well as Jordan and Portugal (honorary members even though they have no actual Mediterranean coastline).

As with previous albums such as La Tarantella - Antidotum Tarantulae /Galeazzi · Beasley · L'Arpeggiata · Pluhar and All'Improvviso - Ciaccone, Bergamasche e un po' di Folie... /L'Arpeggiata · Pluhar, the instrumentation is slanted towards the ancient, even though the material may not necessarily be so. On this recording we have instruments as diverse as the baroque theorbo (played by Pluhar herself), the harpsichord and psaltery, as well as more exotic examples such as the saz and qanun from Turkey and the lavta from Greece.

Rising above the pulsating haze of the plucked instruments, the vocalists - from Portugal, Greece and Turkey - sing of the joys and despair of the human spirit and of love's lost hopes and dreams. Often referencing the profound mysteriousness of the great sea itself, these frequently overclouded texts shouldn't imply that the album is a depressing listen; it isn't, and when the sun breaks through it's dazzling, any black thoughts swept away in a festival of colour and celebration.

The recording was made in the Salle Byzantine, an opulent private theatre built in the nineteenth century by the Parisian Countess de Béhague, a friend of Rodin, Proust, Valéry and Sarah Bernhardt.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Fray on 7 Mar. 2013
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I anticipated a good hour's listening when I ordered the CD, but this has knocked my socks off! Glorious vocals and superb musicianship throughout. Ms Pluhar has done it again in blending old and new together and L'Arpeggiata has another triumph under it's collective belt. The bonus DVD is a REAL bonus, too. Buy without hesitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 19 Aug. 2014
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The idea of this CD is fascinating in many ways since it is centered on the Mediterranean Sea with the strange exception of Portugal which is not on that sea but can be included by extension of Spain to the whole Iberian Peninsula. It also concerns Turkey, Greece (a lot), southern Italy and some islands.

L'Arpeggiata that often works in baroque music is quite skilful at integrating more folkloric local instruments and thus to work on traditional music. This is not the first attempt they are doing. The most interesting element is the integration of three "voices" meaning singers coming from these musical traditions and not classified the way that is common in music and these three "voices" are associated to two sopranos that are coming from the classical music field. We can note this recording introduces Vincenzo Capezzuto as a voice who will be used in a later recording as an alto and will even have a duet with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.

These singers, "voices" or sopranos, are absolutely superb in this traditional music. Misia from Portugal is of course excellent in the famous fado because of her whole career in Portugal dedicated to writing and singing fado, a music so traditional that when the Carnation Revolution took place in Lisbon, the Communists when they arrived back from exile wanted to ban it because of its popularity under the fascist dictatorship of Salazar. Some people never learn. Misia would be considered as mezzo-soprano, I guess.

Nuria Rial from Catalonia is a very good soprano and the music scene in Catalonia being very rich she has a lot of practice with all kinds of music, including traditional music. Same thing for Raquel Andueza who is from Spain.
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By Jessica Tappenden on 20 Jan. 2015
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Brilliant, wonderful and very moving music. Pluhar at her very best!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek T. Price on 23 April 2013
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This album is a joy, even if the subject matter of some of the songs is not... Sem Saber, for example, cannot be said to have the cheeriest of lyrics! But, like the album's namesake, the tide of music sweeps the listener along and the glorious vocals surge to wash away the cares of the world. Their best album since La Tarantella, in my opinion.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana on 30 Mar. 2013
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Another great recording by L'Arpeggiata. It bought some sorely missed sunshine into a very long winter! I can thoroughly recommend this recording to my friends and family!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 15 July 2014
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Fantastic - beautiful music
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