Performance Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 7:30 PM


Via Crucis

Zankel Hall
Explore the pervasiveness of spiritual feeling in the Southern European Baroque with L’Arpeggiata and guests, including Ensemble Barbara Fortuna, as they trace the passion story through Corsican folk music, and sacred Italian and German music.


  • L'Arpeggiata
    Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
  • Ensemble Barbara Furtuna
  • Lucilla Galeazzi, Vocalist
  • Raquel Andueza, Soprano


  • TRAD. "Maria, le sette spade"
  • BIBER "L'Annonciation"
  • MERULA “Hor ch’è tempo di dormire”
  • TRAD. "Ninna, Nanna Sopra la Romanesca"
  • TRAD. "Maria"
  • FERRARI "Queste pungente spine"
  • CAZZATI Passacaglia
  • TRAD. "Suda sangue"
  • TRAD. "Voi che amate" from Laudario di Cortona
  • TRAD. "Stabat Mater"
  • KAPSBERGER Arpeggiata
  • TRAD. "Santu Giesù"
  • PANDOLFI MEALLI Sonata for Violin, Op. 4, No. 6, "La Vinciolina"
  • SANCES "Stabat Mater"
  • CAZZATI Ciaccona
  • MONTEVERDI "Laudate Dominum"

  • Encore:
  • TRAD. "Maria"




    Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata ensemble is comprised of some of today's best soloists and collaborates with exceptional singers from the Baroque music world. Its aim is to revive lesser-known repertoire from this era, with a special focus on music from the beginning of the 17th century. The ensemble's performances are largely based on instrumental improvisations.

    Since its founding, L'Arpeggiata has received outstanding reviews for its albums and performances. Its albums La Villanella, Homo fugit velut umbra, La Tarantella, Teatro d'amore,  All'Improvviso, Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo, and Los Impossibles have earned a string of accolades and awards, among them Diapason Découverte, and ECHO Klassik and Edison Classical Music awards. The CD Via Crucis, recorded with the Barbara Furtuna vocal ensemble, came out in March 2010.  L'Arpeggiata's Monteverdi CD Vespro della Beate Vergine was released in February 2011.

    L'Arpeggiata has participated in many festivals, such as in Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London, Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Printemps des arts de Nantes, Festival de l'Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Festival Baroque de Sablé, Bruges Festival Musica Antiqua, Philharmonie Köln, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Händel-Festspiele Halle, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Ruhrtriennale, Istanbul International Music Festival, and Hong Kong Arts Festival.

    Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
    Eero Palviainen, Baroque Guitar and Lute
    Doron Sherwin, Cornetto
    Veronika Skuplik, Baroque Violin
    Margit Übellacker, Psaltery
    Haru Kitamika, Harpsichord and Organ
    David Mayoral, Percussions
    Boris Schmidt, Bass
    Anna Dego, Teatrodanza

    Christina Pluhar

    After studying guitar in her home city of Graz, Austria, Christina Pluhar specialized in lute with Toyohiko Sato at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She earned a diploma from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she studied with Hopkinson Smith. She then studied with Mara Galassi at the Scuola Civica di Milano. In 1992, Ms. Pluhar won first prize in the International Old Music Competition of Malmö with the La Fenice ensemble.

    Ms. Pluhar lives in Paris, where she performs as a soloist and continuo player in festivals with reputable ensembles such as La Fenice, Concerto Soave, Accordone, Elyma, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ricercar, Akademia, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, and Concerto Köln. She has also performed in ensembles directed by René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, and Alessandro de Marchi. Her repertoire includes solo and continuo works from the 16th to 18th centuries for Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, theorbo, and Baroque harp.

    Since 1993, Ms. Pluhar has been giving master classes at the University of Graz. She has also been conducting Baroque harp classes at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague since 1999.

    In 2000, Ms. Pluhar founded L'Arpeggiata. For 12 years, the ensemble has been recording CDs and performing throughout Europe. Both a conductor and musician on stage, she also programs, plans, and completes extensive research in order to produce L'Arpeggiata's concerts and recordings. In 2010, she celebrated the 10th birthday of the ensemble with several concerts in France and throughout Europe.



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  • Ensemble Barbara Furtuna

    Jean Pierre Marchetti, Terza
    André Dominici, Bassu
    Jean Philippe Guissani, Bassu, contracantu
    Maxime Merlandi, Seconda

    Ensemble Barbara Furtuna is a polyphonic Corsican group of four men. Even though the group still finds its inspiration in the island's oldest traditions, it is now distinguished by its own creations and offers music that answers our contemporary longings.

    The group has been recognized on the international scene for the last 10 years in Europe, North America, and Australia. In appearances with L'Arpeggiata-and with performances of the ancient music of Constantinople as well as the contemporary dance of Art Mouv'-the quartet has shown that it transcends styles and that traditional music has the ability to surprise and move us.

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    Lucilla Galeazzi

    Hailing from the Umbria region in Italy, Lucilla Galeazzi presents a classic voice-controlled, refined, and full of spirit. In 1977, she joined Giovanna Marini's vocal quartet, with whom she collaborated until 1994 on numerous concerts and recordings. In 1982, she created her own show called Un sogno cosi, which was dedicated to Italian songs from the 1960s. She has performed several pieces by Italian composer Roberto de Simone, including "Stabat mater" for Opera Naples; Carmina Vivvisea and Processo emartirio du Giovanni d'arco for Opera della Primaziale Pisana; and Requiem per Pier Paolo Pasolini for the Teatro di San Carlo. She founded her group Il Trillo in 1987 with Ambrogio Sparagna and Carlo Rizzo.

    Ms. Galeazzi's wide-ranging repertoire also encompasses contemporary music and jazz. She has performed with such musicians as jazz trombonist G. Schiaffi, bassist Paolo Damiani, guitarist Claude Barthélemy, tuba player Michel Godard, cellist Vincent Courtois, and the Arfi jazz collective in Lyon. In 1991, she performed as a soloist with the European Jazz Orchestra in Strasbourg.

    Ms. Galeazzi has released the recordings Cuore di terra (1994) and Lunario (2001). She also gives master classes in France and Italy.



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    Raquel Andueza

    Born in Pamplona, Spain, soprano Raquel Andueza began her musical studies at the age of six in the Niños Cantores de Navarra's choir. She studied violin and later singing at Pamplona's Conservatorio Superior de Música Pablo Sarasate. Granted a scholarship from the government of Navarre and the Town Hall of London, she extended her training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she was awarded a bachelor's degree in music with honors and the School Singing Prize in 2000. In 2000, she also met Richard Levitt, who has been her teacher to date.

    Ms. Andueza regularly collaborates with several ensembles, including L'Arpeggiata, El Concierto Español, Conductus Ensemble, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Al Ayre Español, La Tempestad, La Real Cámara, Hippocampus, Private Musicke, Gli Incogniti, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, B'Rock, More Hispano, and Armoniosi Concerti. She became a member of La Colombina vocal quartet in 2003; that same year, she and theorbo player Jesús Fernández Baena formed a duet that specializes in Italian music of the 17th century. Since 2004, she has performed with the group Orphénica Lyra under the direction of José Miguel Moreno.

    Ms. Andueza has performed as a soloist at the main festivals and venues of Europe. She has worked with conductors William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Emilio Moreno, Jacques Ogg, Monica Huggett, Eduardo López-Banzo, Richard Egarr, Andoni Sierra, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Ottavio Dantone, Christian Curnyn, Pablo Heras-Casado, Sir Colin Davis, and Jordi Casas.

    She regularly gives master classes at Teatro Real in Madrid and Aula de Música de la Universidad de Burgos.

    Ms. Andueza has made recordings for French, Belgium, German, Swiss, and Spanish radios, as well as for the Glossa Music, Verso, Zig-Zag Territoires, Accentus, and K617 record labels.



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Sances "Stabat Mater"
Virgin Classics

The Rappresentazione Sacra in Italy

Mystery plays first originated in France and England, though there is evidence of their presence in the German-speaking world from the 13th century onwards. In Italy, the laude spirituali sung during processions developed under the clear influence of the laude popolari into miniature dramatic scenes, which with their visual effects could on occasion produce a powerful impression. They were performed throughout the liturgical year, on saints’ days, at Christmas, and especially during Holy Week. Rappresentazioni sacre were given elaborate stagings from the 15th century onwards; in the 16th century, the form reached a high point, especially in Florence.
Program Notes



L'Arpeggiata and Ensemble Barbara Furtuna perform "Maria"


L'Arpeggiata performs Cazzati's "Ciaccona"

Perspectives: L'Arpeggiata
Duff and Phelps 115 x 31
The Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is sponsored by Duff & Phelps.
This performance is part of Baroque Unlimited, and Perspectives: L'Arpeggiata.

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