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All' Improvviso: Ciaccone, Bergamasche, & un po' di Follie...

All' Improvviso: Ciaccone, Bergamasche, & un po' di Follie...

1 Jan 2004
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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First play through this superb album gave me feeling of disorientation; where in the world musically temporally and geographically was I? jazz, classical, song, instrumental, South American, Spanish, Italian, German etc all go into the mix - and its a true mix that has produced unalloyed listening pleasure. There are several songs, and the first track Voglio una Casa both makes a statement and also tantalises with a taste of what is to come. The tune is inspired by an old Sardinian folk song, using a typical Sardinian ostinato bass similar to the tarentallas of southern Italy. Add in a baroque harp, Psalterion, lirone and two baroque guitars and the song drives along and at the end a brief tantalising improvisation with Trovesi on clarinette piccolo. There are other songs, all very different, but a good number of tracks are just great improvisations, with a range of styles and textures - violin, cello, cornet, clarinette, baroque harp etc etc all underpinned by the ostinato bass. I have the tunes rattling around my head despite some heavy duty classical listening. This album must have been as much fun to create as it is to listen to, the musicians seem to really work off each other. If you prefer the recommendations of professionals, two "Gramaphone" reviewers in an article in December said they would give this cd as an xmas present to a friend. Christine in the sleeve notes asks if we have the right to try to bridge two styles of music - the cd gives the very affirmative answer, and my question back to her is when is the next Arpeggiata album out?
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Having caught this on a CD review one Saturday morning on Radio 3, I was immediately captured by this music that evidently came from the Pre-Baroque period yet featured a clarinetist with genuine jazz sensibilities. It was little surprise when I later discovered that the musician in question was Italian Jazz Legend Gianluigi Trovesi.
Although based upon simple harmonic sequences, this music offers ample oppurtunity for improvisation and the whole disc comes across like a well managed 16th Century jam session. Alot of research has gone into reconstructing this material and the extensive and thorough liner notes explain the origins of the music and how it has been arranged. (This makes fascinating reading on it's own.) Featuring a fluctuating group of musicians playing such antiquated instruments such a lyres, psalteries, theorbo and a couple of singers, Christina Pluhar has assembled a unit that injects new life into this forgotten and infectious music.
The sound quality is fantstic - as good as any ECM release and I would expect that fans of the music of that label would be very much attracted to this disc. I cannot agree more with the other reviewers and although I am really a jazz fan with an interest in Classical music, this was also for me one of the best albums of 2004. Often the combination of academia and fusions of different genres can result in a meaningless and boring listening experience. On this disc, Christina Pluhar's group "L'Arpeggiata" has created some very refreshing music. If the opening "Voglia una casa" doesn't get you dancing around the room, nothing will !!
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All'Improvviso is a superb "crossover" album, combining early music with jazz, but without the melancholy of the Hilliard-Garbarek endeavours, or the occasionally hysterical versionsof Jacques Loussier and other respectful jazzers. Like the Hilliards & Garbarek, it combines both early music and improvisations composed - if that's the right word - by the musicians playing on the album. However, while many of the improvisations are wholly in the spirit of the originals they embellish, some are in distinctly more modern styles, with a klezmer clarinet taking the biscuit for being anachronistic, alien and perfectly fitting at the same time. Like Ms Pluhar and her ensemble's previous discs on Alpha, Landi's choral works and La Tarantella , this album will transport you. On a magic carpet, rather than clapped-out Routemaster.
A stupendous record. Buy it for everyone you know who has ears.
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By doublegone TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2005
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Loving this. Absolutely adoring it.
I know very little about classical music and am one of those people who occasionally tunes into Radio 3 for some of the stranger stuff and perhaps some World music or jazz. I happened to hear a review of the year programme around Christmas and they were discussing this. Liked what I heard. Bought it.
It absolutely blows me away. It is utterly beautiful and joyful and I would recommend it heartily to any music fan with an open mind. It vears between real brain worm melodies that are hugely catchy, and more delicate and reflective stuff. Do not let the early music/jazz improv fusion image put you off (it does sound awful but its not honest!)
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I didn't Know this notable Project of L'Arppegiata and I'm still listening to it because every time I do it, I continue discovering new details, new sounds and a new way of making Music.

Another notable Work of Pluhar, 'Los Impossibles' is in the same line of this one in the context of Imagination, Flexibility and Virtuosism...
Music without frontiers with remarkable performers!

If Savall, Hesperion XX/XXI and 'La Capella Reial de Catalunya' have been for long years the Masters of Renaissance's World performing and singing, Christina Pluhar and her Group, her flexible choices and incontestable expansion of horizons, can turn L'Arppegiata into Ambassadors of a new influence: the Fusion of several Musical Languages and Techniques.

When you can build an improvising dialogue between two impressive Musical Instruments as a Human Voice and a Clarinet (track 15), without hurting the baroque origins of the Piece but on the contrary, almost glorifying its proximity to Jazz, I suppose you can do everything!

To build risky Projects like these requires not only knowledge and Technique but also a solid Intuition, and that, is not for everyone! Only for the Best!
And I'm saying they're risky because in spite of all efforts sometimes it doesn't work...
Fortunately it's not the case!

Ténor Marco Beasly's sweet voice has already shine in L'Arppegiata 'Stefano Landi' 'Homo Fugit Velut Umbra', 'Augelin' and 'Canta la Cicaletta'.
Here he shines again in 'Se Laura Spira' (Folia) by Frescobaldi (track 10) and 'Cantata Sopra Il Passaglio' by Pozzi (track 15).

'Nina Nana Sopra la Romanesca' sung by the agreable voice of Lucilla Galeazzi (track 8) is a beauty!

All the Instrumental are very good but the two 'Ciaccona' (tracks 3 & 7) and the stunning 'Españoletas Ruiz de Ribayaz' (track 14) are amazingly performed Pieces!

Enjoy it and dance it!
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