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Purcell: Music for a While

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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 (3 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00H587YAO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Mock Marriage, Z. 605/2: "Twas within a furlong" 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583/2: "Music for a while" 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Come, ye sons of art away (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), Z. 323/5: "Strike the viol" 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. "Now that the sun hath veiled his light" (An Evening Hymn on a Ground), Z. 193 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hail! bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), Z. 328/10: "In vain the am'rous flute" 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Who can from joy refrain? (Birthday Ode for the Duke of Gloucester), Z. 342/3: "A prince of glorious race descended" 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. "O solitude, my sweetest choice", Z. 406 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626/38: "When I am laid in earth" 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hail! bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day), Z. 328/8: "Wondrous machine" 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Welcome to all the pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day), Z. 339/3: "Here the deities approve" 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626/3: "Ah! Belinda" 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Timon of Athens, Z. 632/2: "Hark! how the songsters of the grove" 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Secresy's Song, from The Fairy Queen, Z. 629/13: "One charming night" 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Mock Marriage, Z. 605/3: "Man is for the woman made" 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Fairy Queen, Z. 629/40: "O let me weep" (The Plaint) 7:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Timon of Athens, Z. 632/13: "Curtain Tune on a Ground" 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hallelujah 6:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Withers on 8 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD
... after all the wonderful experiences Chirstina Pluhar has given us, this one feels like a real dud. Los Pajaros Perditos was a dazzler, as was the Monteverdi Vespers she did in St Denis. Teatro d'Amore, both in Metz and in Mexico, is one of my all time favourites. Mediterraneo was OK - lively, inspiring in playing and ornamentation.

It is left to the singers to convey what is left of the Purcellian idiom, and they are great. But the "arrangements", almost all by Pluhar, bring immediately to mind the dreaded word: skiffle. In various renderings, Bach suffered this "updating" treatment years ago, but Purcell doesn't stand it. What Deller and David Munrow started - and performed amazingly on various CDs still available - and Hogwood and others continued, meets an inglorious end here.

Rock bottom is the 20 minute "bonus" DVD. Four songs are recorded, skiffle group well in view, each track with repeated end credits. Singers win, again. The final "trailer", also with credits, contains nothing but the opening bars of the four songs just performed. Is this the sort of shoddy stuff what we are to expect from Erato/Warner? Hardly likely to provide a new spike in CD buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 14 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
Of course we all know Henry Purcell and we all know he was the first to revive English music and drama in the Post Restoration and then Glorious Revolution England after the puritan night. He is also the one who developed the Masque into the Quasi-opera to become the first step and stage towards the opera in England. He was also a militant of the countertenor, alto or whatever you can call him, in the English tradition of Oxford and Cambridge, of the all-men choirs before the arrival of castratos with Handel.

So Christina Pluhar just pushes our knowledge one iota further and she makes it jazzy, swinging like it never did, and yet, it sounds so natural that we are afraid to go out in the street and just come nose to nose face to face one on one with that great Henry Purcell. He is one of us after all and Christina Pluhar has just brought him back where he belongs. We are then not at all surprised by the conclusion with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that comes also naturally in this voyage. Leonard Cohen is also from that world of old, not so old though, that is part of our heart and mind everyday if we have some consciousness left after all the lies and formatting performed on our brains by the mass media of the subliminal today.

But to only bring together four singers who are all in the range of the "alto" of old, Philippe Jaroussky as a countertenor, Raquel Andueza as a soprano, Vincenzo Capezzuto as an alto and Dominique Visse as a countertenor, one female soprano surrounded by there men who sing within her range, is also an artistic project that requires some audacity and has to be properly saluted. She only has two duets, Jaroussky-Capezzuto and Andueza-Jaroussky and the magic of the duets comes from the tiny differences between the two voices in each case.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adrian P on 17 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
JUST AS A LOVER of a much-treasured novel approaches a big screen adaptation with a combination of nervousness and excitement, so it was for me with this fascinating new release of Henry Purcell interpretations and improvisations. For many years, it has intrigued me how the works of a celebrated English composer active some three hundred years ago can, today, maintain their resonance and their power to move – and this is exactly the approach taken here in this new release, ‘Music for a while’, by Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata.

As a keen ‘Purcellian’, then – owning many fine recordings by such consummate performers as The King’s Consort with James Bowman, Susan Gritton et al (Hyperion), and William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants (Erato) – I was keen to discover these cross-genre re-imaginings of familiar classical pieces… and what a revelation!

Amongst Mr Purcell’s many compositional techniques was the ‘ground bass’ – a repeating bass structure over which he magically wove the most beautiful and varied melodies (often requiring detailed examination to believe that the same, recurring bass line is employed throughout). For instance (although not from this collection), the countertenor solo of Be welcome then, great Sir (from Purcell’s welcome song for Charles II, Fly, bold rebellion) is later elaborated, at length, over the same three-bar ground bass with the most ravishing orchestral ritornello. It would therefore, I suggest, be perfectly possible that this composer of great choral and theatrical masterpieces (as well as secular and even bawdy drinking songs) might be enthusiastically open to such improvisation and invention.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Si on 10 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have to agree in part with the previous reviewer, and while Purcell's work does not adapt well to the Pluhar treatment the real thorn has to be the absolutely dire rendition of Cohen's Hallelujah, it is nothing short of dreadful. A shame, I will not be so quick to order future releases. in my humble opinion L'Arpeggiata & Pluhar should stick to what they excel at.
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