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Philippe Jaroussky - L'Arpeggiata - Christina Pluhar

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Since founding L'Arpeggiata in 2000 as an early music ensemble, Christina Pluhar has taken it in some directions not usually associated with the rarified world of historically informed performance practice, particularly into the traditions of Southern European folk music and jazz. In Los Pájaros Perdidos: The South American Project, she ventures even further afield into the world of modern Latin American popular song and folk song. She argues persuasively that the Renaissance and Baroque instruments the Spanish introduced to the New World in the 16th and 17th century remained essentially the same, while back in Europe they developed in entirely new directions so that the difference between the sound of an early music ensemble and a popular South American instrumental group is less significant than one might expect. Based on the sound of this album, she seems to be right. She uses both European and Latin American instruments and although the results are clearly not exactly the same as they would be with either group on its own, they're awfully close, certainly close enough to make the project entirely persuasive. Each of the songs or instrumentals uses instruments from both worlds and the blend is often magical. The addition of the European psaltery and distinctive American percussion in particular expand the traditional sound of either culture. The singers are all members of L'Arpeggiata and succeed in varying degrees in hitting the swing of the Latin rhythms. Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is perhaps the least effective, although his singing is consistently beautiful. It's only in contrast to Lucilla Galeazzi, Luciana Mancini, Vincenzo Capezzuto, and Raquel Andueza, who sound like they have this idiom in their blood, that Jaroussky sounds less that fully effective. Mancini is especially impressive; her gutsy alto is ideally suited to fiery, passionate songs like Montilla, while Capezzuto shines in the sunnier songs, and Galeazzi and Andueza excel in the languid, achingly poignant ballads. Andueza's yearning Besame mucho is one of the highlights of the album. L'Arpeggiata and the quartet of Latin American instruments headed by Quito Gato play their hearts out. Virgin Classics' sound is immaculate, finely detailed, and warmly intimate. Highly recommended.
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1
Duerme negrito
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:54

Philippe Jaroussky, Countertenor - Christina Pluhar, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata (Boris Schmidt, Double Bass - Marcello Vitale, Guitar - - David Mayoral, Percussion - Margit Übellacker, Psaltery - Haru Kitamika, Harpsichord - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet - Sarah Ridy, Harp) - Traditional, Composer - Quito Gato, Arranger, Guitar

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

2
Alfonsina y el mar (Zamba)
Mireille Faure
00:04:57

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass - Christina Pluhar, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata - ARIEL RAMIREZ, Composer - FELIX LUNA, Composer - Marcello Vitale, Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion - Carmen Gaggl, Psaltery - Sarah Ridy, Harp - Quito Gato, Composer, Guitar - Lucilla Galeazzi, Lead Vocals, Voices

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

3
Montilla (Golpe)
Doron David Sherwin
00:03:16

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Anon, Composer - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Luciana Mancini, Lead Vocals, Voices - Marcello Vitale, Lead Vocals, Chitarra Battente Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Vincenzo Capezzuto, Lead Vocals, Voices - Mario Hurtado Rodriguez, Lead Vocals, Maracas Percussion, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Marcello Vitale/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Luciana Mancini/Doron David Sherwin/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

4
Pájaro campana (Polca)
Hugues Deschaux
00:03:33

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Anon, Composer, Words - Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Maracas Percussion - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Quito Gato, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Lincoln Almada, Harp, Lead Vocals, Cajon - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Raul Orellana/Lincoln Almada, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

5
Los pájaros perdidos
Haru Kitamika
00:03:46

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass - Astor Piazzolla, Composer - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Christina Pluhar, Conductor - L'Arpeggiata, Orchestra - Raul Orellana, Violin - David Mayoral, Percussion - Margit Übellacker, Psaltery - Haru Kitamika, Harpsichord - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet - Sarah Ridy, Harp - Quito Gato, Composer - Lincoln Almada, Harp - Eero Palviainen, Lute - Mario Trejo, Lyricist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

6
Pajarillo verde (Pajarillo)
Doron David Sherwin
00:02:32

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Anon, Composer - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Luciana Mancini, Lead Vocals, Voices - Marcello Vitale, Lead Vocals, Chitarra Battente Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Mario Hurtado Rodriguez, Lead Vocals, Maracas Percussion, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet, Lead Vocals - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Lincoln Almada, Harp, Lead Vocals, Cajon - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Lincoln Almada/Sarah Ridy/Doron David Sherwin/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Luciana Mancini/Carmen Gaggl, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

7
Isla Sacá (Polca)
Boris Schmidt
00:03:52

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Anon, Composer - Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Quito Gato, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Lincoln Almada, Harp, Lead Vocals, Cajon - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Lincoln Almada/Quito Gato/Raul Orellana, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

8
La embarazada del viento (Gaita Margariteña)
Hugues Deschaux
00:02:51

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Luciana Mancini, Lead Vocals, Voices - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Constantino Ramones, Composer - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Mario Hurtado Rodriguez, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Quito Gato, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Luciana Mancini/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

9
Zamba para no morir (Zamba)
Christina Pluhar
00:03:54

Hamlet Lima Quintana, Composer - Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Marcello Vitale, Lead Vocals, Chitarra Battente Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Alfredo Rosales, Composer - Noberto Ambros, Composer - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Vincenzo Capezzuto, Lead Vocals, Voices - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

10
¡ Ay ! este azul
Philippe Jaroussky
00:03:03

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - Marcello Vitale, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Pancho Cabral, Composer - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Vincenzo Capezzuto, Lead Vocals, Voices - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer - Eero Palviainen, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Arch Lute - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Marcello Vitale/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Philippe Jaroussky/Raul Orellana/Eero Palviainen, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

11
El curruchá (Joropo)
Boris Schmidt
00:02:38

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Luciana Mancini, Lead Vocals, Voices - Marcello Vitale, Lead Vocals, Chitarra Battente Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Vincenzo Capezzuto, Lead Vocals, Voices - Mario Hurtado Rodriguez, Lead Vocals, Maracas Percussion, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Juan Bautista Plaza, Composer - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet, Lead Vocals - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Lincoln Almada, Harp, Lead Vocals, Cajon - Eero Palviainen, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Arch Lute - L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Eero Palviainen/Luciana Mancini/Doron David Sherwin/Lincoln Almada/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez/Quito Gato/Christina Pluhar/Marcello Vitale, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

12
Caballo Viejo (Pasaje) & Alma Llanera (Joropo)
Christina Pluhar
00:04:58

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Simón Díaz, Composer - Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Quito Gato, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Lincoln Almada, Harp, Lead Vocals, Cajon - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Lincoln Almada/Quito Gato/Raul Orellana, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

13
La cocoroba (Joropo oriental)
Doron David Sherwin
00:02:25

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Marcello Vitale, Lead Vocals, Chitarra Battente Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Luis Mariano Rivera, Composer - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Vincenzo Capezzuto, Lead Vocals, Voices - Mario Hurtado Rodriguez, Lead Vocals, Maracas Percussion, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet, Lead Vocals - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Lincoln Almada, Harp, Lead Vocals, Cajon - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Doron David Sherwin/Lincoln Almada/Mario Hurtado Rodriguez/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

14
Zamba del Chaguanco (Zamba)
L'Arpeggiata
00:03:57

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Antonio Nella Castro, Composer - Hilda Herrera, Composer - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer - Eero Palviainen, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Arch Lute - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Philippe Jaroussky/Eero Palviainen, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

15
Como un pájaro libre
Doron David Sherwin
00:03:33

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Adela Gleijer, Composer - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Vincenzo Capezzuto, Lead Vocals, Voices - Diana Reches, Composer - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet, Lead Vocals - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Vincenzo Capezzuto/Doron David Sherwin, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

16
Como la cigarra
Mireille Faure
00:03:37

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - Maria Elena Walsh, Composer - Raquel Andueza, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Psaltery - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer - Eero Palviainen, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Arch Lute - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Carmen Gaggl/Sarah Ridy/Philippe Jaroussky/Raquel Andueza/Eero Palviainen/Raul Orellana, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

17
Ojito de Agua
Mireille Faure
00:02:49

Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Adrián Otárola, Composer - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/David Mayoral/Raul Orellana, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

18
Polo margariteño (Polo)
Doron David Sherwin
00:03:58

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Anon, Composer - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - Luciana Mancini, Lead Vocals, Voices - Marcello Vitale, Lead Vocals, Chitarra Battente Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Carmen Gaggl, Lead Vocals, Performed by - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet, Lead Vocals - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Composer, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Sarah Ridy/Doron David Sherwin/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Luciana Mancini/Raul Orellana/Carmen Gaggl, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

19
Fandango
Doron David Sherwin
00:09:09

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Christina Pluhar, Composer, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - Antonio Soler, Composer - Marcello Vitale, Lead Vocals, Chitarra Battente Guitar - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Margit Übellacker, Vocals, Psaltery - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Doron David Sherwin, Cornet, Lead Vocals - Sarah Ridy, Harp, Lead Vocals - Quito Gato, Lead Vocals, Cuatro Venezuelano Guitar - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Sarah Ridy/Doron David Sherwin/Quito Gato/Marcello Vitale/Raul Orellana/Margit Übellacker, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

20
Besame mucho (Bolero)
Hugues Deschaux
00:03:43

Boris Schmidt, Double Bass, Lead Vocals - Consuelo Velázquez, Composer, Words - Christina Pluhar, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - L'Arpeggiata, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Raul Orellana, Violin, Lead Vocals, Charango, Maracas Percussion - Raquel Andueza, Lead Vocals, Soprano Vocals - David Mayoral, Percussion, Lead Vocals - Hugues Deschaux, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer, Chief Engineer - Mireille Faure, Chief Engineer - Jesus Fernandez Baena, Lead Vocals, Theorbo - Christina Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata/Boris Schmidt/David Mayoral/Raul Orellana/Raquel Andueza/Jesus Fernandez Baena, MainArtist

© 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to Warner Classics (UK), Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group ℗ 2012 Christina Pluhar under exclusive licence to EMI Records

Album Description

Since founding L'Arpeggiata in 2000 as an early music ensemble, Christina Pluhar has taken it in some directions not usually associated with the rarified world of historically informed performance practice, particularly into the traditions of Southern European folk music and jazz. In Los Pájaros Perdidos: The South American Project, she ventures even further afield into the world of modern Latin American popular song and folk song. She argues persuasively that the Renaissance and Baroque instruments the Spanish introduced to the New World in the 16th and 17th century remained essentially the same, while back in Europe they developed in entirely new directions so that the difference between the sound of an early music ensemble and a popular South American instrumental group is less significant than one might expect. Based on the sound of this album, she seems to be right. She uses both European and Latin American instruments and although the results are clearly not exactly the same as they would be with either group on its own, they're awfully close, certainly close enough to make the project entirely persuasive. Each of the songs or instrumentals uses instruments from both worlds and the blend is often magical. The addition of the European psaltery and distinctive American percussion in particular expand the traditional sound of either culture. The singers are all members of L'Arpeggiata and succeed in varying degrees in hitting the swing of the Latin rhythms. Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is perhaps the least effective, although his singing is consistently beautiful. It's only in contrast to Lucilla Galeazzi, Luciana Mancini, Vincenzo Capezzuto, and Raquel Andueza, who sound like they have this idiom in their blood, that Jaroussky sounds less that fully effective. Mancini is especially impressive; her gutsy alto is ideally suited to fiery, passionate songs like Montilla, while Capezzuto shines in the sunnier songs, and Galeazzi and Andueza excel in the languid, achingly poignant ballads. Andueza's yearning Besame mucho is one of the highlights of the album. L'Arpeggiata and the quartet of Latin American instruments headed by Quito Gato play their hearts out. Virgin Classics' sound is immaculate, finely detailed, and warmly intimate. Highly recommended.
© TiVo

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