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All' Improvviso - Ciaccone, Bergamasche, & un po' di Follie / Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata


Release Date: 07/20/2004 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 512  
Composer:  Lucilla GaleazziChristina PluharMaurizio CazzatiSantiago de Murcia,   ... 
Performer:  Lucilla GaleazziMarco BeasleyGianluigi Trovesi
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This daring and original programme explores the art of improvisation… The disc has all the ingredients of a best-seller: foot-tapping numbers, passionate singing and jazzy flights of fantasy, all done 'in the best possible taste'. Alpha deserves full credit for the excellent recorded sound, the charming photos in the CD booklet and, above all, for realising what must have been a logistically complex project."
- BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE - September 2004

With improvisation exhilaratingly to the fore, is this 'early-music jazz'?

L'Arpeggiata's previous recordings have blended popular or folk-inspired elements with music of the Baroque in striking and imaginative ways. 'All'Improviso' takes this
Read more melting-pot approach even further, combining the Baroque ostinato bass with improvisatory techniques from both the historically aware stream of 21st-century music-making and of jazz through the participation of the clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi. As Christina Pluhar, the ensemble's director, suggests in her notes, perhaps we should move away from asking whether we are right to do this or that and instead seek what can be learnt when these different strands of musicmaking, 'which, after all, have much in common', are brought together.

Of course, they are not the only group to do this, but the improvisatory raison d'être here, exploring and developing chord sequences that were particularly favoured in the Baroque, and not only as the basis for dance music (though many of them, such as the ciaccona or folia, originated for that purpose), makes it a particularly successful example. A range of styles are explored, a musical idea is taken up, developed, discarded in favour of another and diverse sonorities come and go, shifting in an aural kaleidoscope, with a genial ease that belies the technical brilliance and musicianship without which it couldn't possibly work. Aside from their superb music-making, the players convey a sense of utter conviction in what they are doing. Purists may sneer, but perhaps the time has come to set up an early-music equivalent to Ronnie Scott's.

-- Tess Knighton, Gramophone [12/2004]

Tracks:

« All’Improvviso »
Ciaccone, Bergamasche e un po’ di Folie...

01. « Voglio una casa » (3'03)
Lucilla Galeazzi/improvisation
02. Folia (1'47)
Improvisation
03. Ciaccona (3'03)
Maurizio Cazzati/Storace/Pluhar
04. Romanesca (2'27)
Santiago de Murcia/Pluhar
05. « Turlurù » (Bergamasca) (4'13)
Pluhar/Trovesi/Beasley/improvisation
06. Folia passeggiata sopra D (2'40)
Marcello Vitale/improvisation
07. Ciaccona (1'24)
Improvisation
08. « Ninna Nanna sopra la Romanesca » (2'44)
Pluhar/Galeazzi
09. Chiacona (4'52)
Antonio Bertali/Pluhar
10. « Se laura spira » (Folia) (3'26)
Girolamo Frescobaldi/improvisation
11. Toccata (2'23)
Francesco Lambardi
12. Kapsberger (1'43)
Girolamo Kapsberger/improvisation
13. Folias echa para mi Senora Dona Tarolilla de Carallenos (3'46)
Andrea Falconiero
14. Espanoletas (4'28)
Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz/improvisation
15. « Cantata Sopra il Passacaglio. Diatonica » (9'15)
Luigi Pozzi/improvisation
Durée totale : 52'09
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Works on This Recording

1.
Voglio una casa (Improvisation) by Lucilla Galeazzi
Performer:  Lucilla Galeazzi (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
2.
Folia by Christina Pluhar
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Notes: This work is an improvisation. 
3.
Ciaccona by Maurizio Cazzati
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
4.
Romanesca by Santiago de Murcia
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
5.
Turlulù by Christina Pluhar
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
6.
Folia passeggiata sopra D by Marcello Vitale
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
7.
Ciaccona (improvisation) by Christina Pluhar
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
8.
Ninna Nanna sopra la Romanesca by Christina Pluhar
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
9.
Chiaconna by Antonio Bertali
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
10.
Primo libro d'arie musicali per cantarsi: Se l'aura spira by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Lucilla Galeazzi (Voice), Marco Beasley (Voice), Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1630; Florence, Italy 
11.
Toccata by Francesco Lambardi
Performer:  Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet), Marco Beasley (Voice), Lucilla Galeazzi (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
12.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Kapsberger by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet), Lucilla Galeazzi (Voice), Marco Beasley (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
13.
Folias by Andrea Falconiero
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
14.
Luz y norte musical: Espanoletas by Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz
Performer:  Lucilla Galeazzi (Voice), Marco Beasley (Voice), Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1677; Spain 
15.
Cantata sopra il Passacaglio diatonica by Luigi Pozzi
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata

Featured Sound Samples

Folia (improvisation)
Ciaccona (after Cazzati & Storace) (Pluhar)

Sound Samples

Voglio una casa (arr. C. Pluhar): Voglio una casa
Folia
Ciaccona (arr. C. Pluhar): Ciaccona
Romanesca
Turluru (arr. C. Pluhar): Turluru
Folia passeggiata sopra D major
Ciaccona
Ninna Nanna sopra la Romanesca (arr. C. Pluhar): Ninna Nanna sopra la Romanesca
Chiacona (arr. C. Pluhar): Chiacona
Arie musicali per cantarsi, Book 1: Se l'aura spira
Toccata
Kapsberger
Il primo libro di canzone, sinfonie, fantasie, capricci, brandi, correnti, gagliarde, alemane, volte: Il primo libro di canzone, sinfonie, fantasie: Folias
Luz y norte musical: Espanoletas
L'innocenza dei Ciclopi: Cantata Sopra il Passacaglio - Diatonica (arr. C. Pluhar): L'innocenza dei Ciclopi: Cantata Sopra il Passacaglio - Diatonica

Customer Reviews

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 All' Improvviso February 7, 2014 By Wendy Joseph (Mt Vernon, WA) See All My Reviews "Excellent musicianship in a variety of innovative variations on Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque themes." Report Abuse
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