5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Los Pajaros Perdidos (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.