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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cd, 31 Dec. 2004
This review is from: All'Improvviso - Ciaccone, Bergamasche e un po' di Folie... /L'Arpeggiata ∑ Pluhar (Audio CD)
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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