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Embrace of the Spider,
This review is from: La Tarantella - Antidotum Tarantulae /Galeazzi · Beasley · L'Arpeggiata · Pluhar (Audio CD)
Any one who has heard the same group's "All'Improvisso" (a BBC Radio 3 CD Review record of the year '04) should check this CD out. It doesn't have the same element of jazz cross-over, but does share the same spirit of improvisation and sense of sheer enjoyment in the music. I'm not sure what sort of music it is exactly - traditional, folk, - not classical in the sticter senses of the word. All the tunes here are based on traditional dances that were used to cure those apparently afflicted by Tarantula bites in Italy - as much a symbolic complaint as a medical one, as the fascinating booklet explains. Lavishly (and slightly eccentrically) packaged in the finest Alpha traditions, this should appeal to fans of some of Jordi Savall's more "off the beaten track" recordings, purchasers of the Pluhar CD mentioned above, and anyone who appreciates a rattling good tune.