• Thursday, Sep 16, 2010

    L’Arpeggiata Makes Zankel Hall Debut with Christina Pluhar and Philippe Jaroussky October 29



    Teatro D’Amore Features Music from Italy and Spain Inflected with Improvisation;
    Early Music Meets Jazz in an Inspired “Baroque Jam Session”


    On Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents Christina Pluhar and her acclaimed baroque ensemble, L’Arpeggiata, in their Zankel Hall debut. The ensemble will collaborate with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky to offer a program entitled Teatro d’amore after their 2009 album of the same name (EMI Classics) featuring the music of Monteverdi and other baroque composers performed with the spirited inspiration of folk and jazz styles, in what has been called a “baroque jam session.” At its roots, L'Arpeggiata is devoted to instrumental improvisation, a different approach to singing influenced by traditional folk music, and the creation and staging of attractive live shows.

    According to BBC Radio 3, the recording of Teatro d’amore features “unusually gifted musicians who work in that grey area where art music meets folk, and here they're exploring the simple repeated bass lines and harmonies that have formed the basis for all kinds of music, in every continent, from the earliest dance music, through folk, classical, romantic and contemporary art music, jazz, and of course pop and rock.”

    Artistic Director Christina Pluhar describes L’Arpeggiata as "an international cocktail of musicians with lots of character…There are so many different ways of using the human voice and I think there is so much experimentation one can do, even in early music. When I’m accompanying vocal music, I try to go as far as I can in terms of improvisation, searching for colors which reflect the voice of the chosen singer and which determine and support feelings. Emotions are very close to the surface in speech, the singer’s voice, and in the words whose meaning we’re trying to convey."

    For a video sample of music from the L’Arpeggiata album on EMI Classics Monteverdi: Teatro d’amore, please click here.

    About the Artists
    French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky first studied the violin then turned to singing in 1996 and won the Victoire de la Musique as outstanding new singer of 2004. He is frequently invited to perform in international venues for recitals and has made recent debuts at the Berlin Staatsoper and the Opera de Flandres. Mr. Jaroussky made his New York recital debut in Weill Recital Hall in January 2010. He is signed to Virgin Classics as an exclusive artist.

    Born in Graz, Christina Pluhar graduated in lute studies with Toyohiko Sato from the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. Subsequently, she studied at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith and at the Scuola Civica di Milano with Mara Galassi. In 1992 she moved to Paris and has performed with such groups as La Fenice, Concerto Soave, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ricercar, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, and Concerto Köln. Since 1993, Ms. Pluhar has been teaching baroque harp at Den Haag and giving master classes at Graz University. Her repertoire includes solo and continuo works from the 16th to 18th centuries for renaissance lute, baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo, and baroque harp. She founded L’Arpeggiata in 2000, whose members are some of today’s finest European soloists. The group’s aim is to revive unknown repertoire, with a focus on French, Italian, and Neapolitan music from the early 17th century. The ensemble has made a series of CDs for the Alpha label.

    Founded in 2000, L'Arpeggiata is a France-based ensemble featuring some of the leading European soloists in their field. The group joins forces with exceptional singers from the worlds of baroque and traditional music with a particular focus on music of the 17th century often performed with daring instrumental improvisations. The group tours extensively, and its recordings on Alpha, Naïve, and Virgin Classics have sold over 200,000 copies. Since its foundation, L'Arpeggiata has received incredible critical and public acclaim for their live performances and recordings. L’Arpeggiata has performed in many international festivals. Following the acclaim of Teatro d’amore, L’Arpeggiata released a new collection, Via Crucis, 'the way of the Cross,' which focused on the pervasive presence of religious feeling in Southern Europe. The two main works in the collection are Sance's Stabat Mater and Merula's Hor ch'e tempo di dormire.

    Program Information
    Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
    Philippe Jaroussky, Countertenor


    Improvisation: La Dia Spagnola
    BARBARA STROZZI "L'Eraclito amoroso"
    GIOVANNI FELIPE SANCES "Presso l'onde tranquille"
    Improvisation: Tarantella Napoletana
    CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI "Ohimé ch’io cado"
    MARCELLO VITALE Tarantella a Maria di' Nardo
    CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI "Adagiati Poppea... Oblivion soave" from L’incoronazione di Poppea
    GIOVANNI ANTONIO PANDOLFI MEALLI Sonata for Violin and Continuo, Op. 4, No. 6, "La Vinciolina"
    CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI "Sí dolce è ’l tormento"
    ANON. "Ninna, nanna alla Napoletana"
    Improvisation: Tarantella Italiana
    CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI "Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius"

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    Ticket Information
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