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Mediterraneo / Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata [CD & DVD]

Pluhar,Christina
Release Date: 03/12/2013 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 645472   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalCarlos ParedesAnonymousSultan Abdulaziz,   ... 
Performer:  Aikaterini PapadopoulouVincenzo CapezzutoMisiaRaquel Andueza,   ... 
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This deluxe casebound edition includes a bonus DVD featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes recording sessions of four pieces.

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This release by the early music group L'Arpeggiata and its leader, lutenist Christina Pluhar, seems to encompass two separate goals, only partly laid out in the handsomely illustrated booklet notes. First is an illustration of the idea that, as the notes put it, "the sea does not separate cultures, it connects them." Jordi Savall and others have released albums that cut across a wide swath of Mediterranean lands from Turkey to Spain (and around to Portugal), finding in them a traditional music that responds well to improvisatory practice, shows the continuing influence of
Read more musical practices from the Arab and Ottoman worlds, and reflects a lyric impulse and a tendency toward accompanied vocal song. Pluhar adds different singers and musicians onto her core group according to the national origin of the music, a noteworthy and innovative practice that gets the listener to hear commonalities and differences in a fresh way. The second goal is more unusual: Pluhar and company explore the common roots of these practices in Greek music, demonstrated by the persistence of the Greek language and a large repertory of orally transmitted song in southern Italy, on the Salento peninsula on the east coast of southern Italy, and also in Calabria. These songs are sung in a language called Griko, essentially an Italian dialect of Greek. This music, and even the language itself, is sufficiently obscure to attract attention to the album by themselves, and "Greco-Salentino" songs, with everything transliterated and translated in the booklet, are lovely. The album's perhaps of a bit more interest to speculative world music fans than to serious devotees of old Mediterranean song: Pluhar's female vocalists don't have quite the power needed to take command of the material. But the instrumental group L'Arpeggiata is a remarkably flexible, breathing instrument, and the entire project gets major points for sheer originality.

– James Manheim, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Are mou Rindineddha by Traditional
Performer:  Aikaterini Papadopoulou (Voice), Vincenzo Capezzuto (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
2.
Sem saber by Carlos Paredes
Performer:  Misia (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
3.
Hasapiko by Traditional
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
4.
Tres sirenas by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), Aikaterini Papadopoulou (Voice), Vincenzo Capezzuto (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
5.
Hicâz mand ra by Sultan Abdulaziz
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
6.
Pizzica di San Vito by Traditional
Performer:  Vincenzo Capezzuto (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
7.
Amygdalaki tsakisa by Traditional
Performer:  Aikaterini Papadopoulou (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
8.
La dama d Aragó by Traditional
Performer:  Nuria Rial (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
9.
Amor de mel, amor de fel by Carlos Gonçalves
Performer:  Misia (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
10.
Güne and ay by Christina Pluhar
Performer:  Aytac Dogan (Qanun), Ismail Tuncbilek (Saz)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
11.
De Santanyí vaig partir by Traditional
Performer:  Nuria Rial (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
12.
Rosa negra no meu peito by Fado Corrido
Performer:  Misia (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
13.
Thalassa lypisou by Panayiotis Tountas
Performer:  Aikaterini Papadopoulou (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
14.
Oriamu Pisulina by Traditional
Performer:  Aikaterini Papadopoulou (Voice), Vincenzo Capezzuto (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
15.
O pájem by Alfredo Marceneiro
Performer:  Misia (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
16.
Sfessania by Christina Pluhar
Performer:  Marcello Vitale ()
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
17.
Agapimu fidela protini by Traditional
Performer:  Vincenzo Capezzuto (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
18.
Fado Magala by Fernando Pessoa
Performer:  Misia (Voice)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
19.
Los delfines by Diego Pisador
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Lluhar, again May 1, 2013 By Carlos R. (Woodside, NY) See All My Reviews "I own a CD recording with Pluhar, which is superior in individual songs, with melody and mood and variety of musical instruments, which makes listening a captivating time. Mediterranto fails to emote the same pleasure, but it's worth listening now and then." Report Abuse
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