Performance Friday, March 16, 2012 | 7:30 PM


La Tarantella: Antidotum Tarantulae

Zankel Hall
Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Christina Pluhar in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

The entrancing rhythms of the tarantella have enthralled listeners for centuries. Here, L’Arpeggiata showcases the many sides of the “spider’s dance” with songs both modern and traditional, and composed works from the 17th century.


  • L'Arpeggiata
    Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
  • Lucilla Galeazzi, Vocalist


  • LUCILLA GALEAZZI "Ah, vita bella!"
  • CAZZATI Ciaccona
  • TRAD. "Pizzicarella mia"
  • A. KIRCHER Tarantella napoletana, tono hypodorico
  • SALVATORE "Lamento dei mendicanti"
  • TRAD. "La carpinese"
  • Improvisation: BergamascaImprovisation: Canario
  • MARCELLO VITALE Tarantella a Maria di Nardò
  • Improvisation: La dia Spagnola
  • SPARAGNA "Sogna fiore mio"
  • A. KIRCHER Tarantella italiana
  • Improvisation: Fandango
  • TRAD. Tarantella Calabrese
  • KAPSBERGER "Jacaras"
  • FALCONIERI La suave melodia
  • TRAD. "Lu povero 'Ntonuccio"
  • A. KIRCHER Antidotum Tarantulae

  • Encores:
  • TRAD. "Pizzicarella mia"
  • LUCILLA GALEAZZI "Voglio una casa"


  • L'Arpeggiata

    Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
    Margit Übellacker, Psaltery
    Marcello Vitale, Chitarra Battente and Baroque Guitar
    Doron Sherwin, Cornetto
    Veronika Skuplik, Baroque Violin
    David Mayoral, Percussion
    Boris Schmidt, Bass
    Anna Dego, Teatrodanza

    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

    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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  • 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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Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Christina Pluhar in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.


"Tarantella Napoletana, Tono Hypodorico"

At a Glance     

Widespread in southern Italy, the tarantella was and still is a dance said to heal the poisonous bite of a tarantula. A powerful dance, the tarantella has inspired an outpouring of music and dance, resulting in a strong tradition still alive today.

La Tarantella: Antidotum Tarantulae presents a fascinating journey back in time and across geography. Exceptional singers and dancers (specialists in teatrodanza and commedia dell’arte) give the performance its sensual, visual, and festive dimensions. L’Arpeggiata’s timeless performances are the only remedy for its own bite!
Program Notes



L'Arpeggiata performs "Fandango"


L'Arpeggiata performs "La Carpinese"

Perspectives: L'Arpeggiata
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions I, and Perspectives: L'Arpeggiata.

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