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Via Crucis / Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata


Release Date: 04/20/2010 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 94577   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  VariousAnonymousMaxime MerlandiTarquinio Merula,   ... 
Performer:  Philippe JarousskyNúria [Soprano Vocal] RialFulvio BettiniVincenzo Capezzuto
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiataBarbara Furtuna
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Here is another superb program put together by Christina Pluhar and performed by L'Arpeggiata. Joining them are countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, soprano Nuria Rial, and a group called Barbara Fortuna, made up of four Corsican men who sing in a distinctly earthy manner, with close harmonies and decorations unique to that island. The "program" here is an invented 17th-century southern Italian mystery play based on The Way of the Cross, broken into three parts: the vision, the death of Christ, and the resurrection. Solos alternate with full orchestral numbers; there are duets and instrumentals; a traditional, breathtaking Stabat Mater for the four Corsicans is followed with one for solo
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L'Arpeggiata's calling card is to combine Historically Informed Performances with jazz--and in this case, folk-based music--and it is amazing how staggeringly well it works. Utter purists in any faction may whine, but listen to the music: it's moving, fascinating, and invariably beautiful. Doron David Sherwin's jazz riffs on the cornet might raise the greatest number of hackles, but he still never goes too far; his embellishments only go "so" far away from melody and never overshadow whoever he's playing with for long. And he adds spice to the many chaconnes and ground-bass-based pieces Pluhar has chosen.

The march-like rhythms tell of the Way of the Cross while the accompaniments--a stunning selection of strings, plucked and otherwise (violins, gambas, harps, dulcimer, baroque guitar, lute, etc.), organ, and percussion--are varied and virtuosic. Furthermore, adding the darkly masculine sounds of Barbara Fortuna to the ethereal Jaroussky and Rial is a stroke of programming genius: the changes are always a welcome surprise. I was wild about their previous CD--Teatro d'Amore -- and I recommend this one without reservation.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ninna nanna alla Napoletana by Anonymous
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Maria (sopra la Carpinese) by Maxime Merlandi
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata,  Barbara Furtuna
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13: Hor ch'è tempo di dormire "Canzonetta Spirituale" by Tarquinio Merula
Performer:  Núria [Soprano Vocal] Rial ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
L'Aria, for ensemble by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Suda sangue by Traditional
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata,  Barbara Furtuna
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Voglio morire, for ensemble by Luigi Rossi
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Stabat Mater by Traditional
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata,  Barbara Furtuna
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Stabat Mater by Giovanni Felice Sances
Performer:  Núria [Soprano Vocal] Rial ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo: Passacaglio by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
Canario, for ensemble by Lorenzo Allegri
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
11.
Ciaccona di Paradiso, e dell'inferno ("O che bel star") by Anonymous
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (), Fulvio Bettini ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Written: 15th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
12.
'Stù Criato by Enzo Gragnaniello
Performer:  Vincenzo Capezzuto ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
Untitled CD-ROM Track by Unspecified
Period: Modern 
14.
Lumi, potete piangere by Giovanni Legrenzi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (), Núria [Soprano Vocal] Rial ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
15.
Queste pungenti spine by Benedetto Ferrari
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16.
L'Annonciation: [Excerpt] by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1676; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
17.
Lamentu di Ghjesu (sopra la Follia) by Roccu Mambrini
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata,  Barbara Furtuna
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
18.
Chiacona (Ciacona), for 2 treble instruments & continuo (from Canzoni overo sonate ..., 1637) by Tarquinio Merula
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
19.
Selva morale e spirituale: Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Núria [Soprano Vocal] Rial ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

L'Annonciation
Ninna nanna alla Napoletana (Napoletana): Anonymous: Ninna nanna alla Napoletana (Napoletana)
Maria (sopra La Carpinese)
Hor ch'è tempo di dormire
L'Aria
Lumi, potete piangere
Suda sangue
Queste pungente spine
Voglio morire
Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater
Passacaglia
Lamentu di Ghjesu (sopra la Follia)
Ciaccona
Laudate Dominum
Canario
Ciaccona di Paradiso e dell'Inferno
'Stù criatu

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 Mesmerizing April 13, 2012 By John Scariano (Albuquerque, NM) See All My Reviews "Eccezionale, grazie!" Report Abuse
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