- Audio CD (9 May 2011)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Alpha
- ASIN: B00023B0A4
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,595 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
All'Improvviso - Ciaccone, Bergamasche e un po' di Folie... /L'Arpeggiata · Pluhar CD
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Chaconnes, bergamasques et un peu de folies / Gianluigi Trovesi, clarinette - Marco Beasley & Lucilla Galeazzi, chant - L'Arpeggiata & Christina Pluhar, harpe baroque, théorbe & direction
All'Improvviso...ok, there'll be improvisation then. But it also means suddenly in Italian, and there's an immediacy and freshness here that grabs you right from the first few bars. If you haven't met baroque harpist Christina Pluhar and her group l'Arpeggiata, then it's time you did. They're from the French Alpha labels stable of unusually gifted musicians who work in that grey area where art music meets folk, and here they're exploring the simple repeated basslines and harmonies that have formed the basis for all kinds of music, in every continent, from the earliest dance music, through folk, classical, romantic and contemporary art music, jazz, and of course pop and rock. 'Chaconnes, Bergamascas and a little bit of madness' is the CD's subtitle; the chaconne which seems to have come from 16th century Peru to the height of baroque sophistication; the bergamasca from Bergamo in 16th century Italy (still found in traditional Italian music), and the madness folia a crazy dance style that spread from Portugal through Spain and Italy, and into the music of the royal courts of Europe.
L'Arpeggiata's way of improvising on these ground basses and repeated harmonic patterns is deliciously entertaining. Sources range from 17th century chaconnes to the first track - a new song by Lucilla Galeazzi, and from the moment she starts singing about the beautiful house she wants, filled with tears and laughter, music and poetry, I was hooked. Marco Beasley's voice is just as naturally communicative, and Gianluigi Trovesi's pungent clarinet solos almost swing us into jazz. Add to that the toe-tapping continuo on baroque guitars, harp, lute and theorbo, some sparkling cornet-playing and lively strings, and you have crossover of the highest quality, from performers who recognise no boundaries in 400 years of music. Magical results, from the meanest ingredients, and it ought to be available on prescription to the clinically depressed. --Andrew McGregor
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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 !!
A stupendous record. Buy it for everyone you know who has ears.
The quality of the recording seems very good too. I like the card "box" for protecting the CD and its little booklet. It's one of my most-listened-to CDs. I've bought a few as gifts for friends (when I can find it at a sane price).
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!)