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baroque group, France


Founded in 2000, L'Arpeggiata is a French ensemble directed by Christina Pluhar. Its members are some of today's best European soloists and in addition they work in collaboration with some exceptional singers from the Baroque and the traditional music worlds. Their aim is to revive an almost unknown repertoire and to focus their artistic work especially on French, Italian and Neapolitan music from the beginning of the 17th century. 

The bases of L'Arpeggiata are instrumental improvisations, a different approach to singing centred on the development of vocal interpretation influenced by traditional music, and the creation and staging of attractive shows.  

Since its foundation L'Arpeggiata has had an incredible response from the audience as well as from the critics: They have sold over 100,000 copies of their  CDs with Alpha Recordings and have received outstanding reviews for their albums and concerts. Their album La Villanella' dedicated to the music of Girolamo Kapsberger has been considered ‘Event of the month' by Repertoire des disques in September 2001 and has been awarded with the Premio Internationale del disco per la musica italiana. Their second CD ‘Homo fugit velut umbra' devoted to Stefano Landi was '10 de Repertoire', ‘Diapason Découverte', ‘CD of the Week' by BBC, ‘CD of the Month' by Amadeus (Italy) and Prix Exellentia by Pizzicato (Luxemburg). 'La Tarantella', which proposes an encounter between baroque and traditional musicians, has been '10 de Repertoire', ‘CD of the Week' by France Musique and ‘CD of the Month' by Toccata (Germany). « All'Improvviso » their third disc, was rewarded with « Timbre de platine » of Opéra international, CD of the month by BBC Magazine, and  their last CD , the « Rapressentatione di Anima et di Corpo » by Emilio de' Cavalieri has won the prize of the academie « Charles Cros ».  

Furthermore, L'Arpeggiata has participated in the biggest French festivals and in Lufthansa Festival -London, Oude Muziek -Utrecht, Festival de Pontoise, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Les Baroquiales, Rencontres de Vezelay, Festival Musique Sacree de Fribourg, Klangbogen Vienna, Pfigstfestspiele Melk, Sommerklang Freiburg, Academie Bach Arques-La-Bataille, Emociana Antigua -Madrid, Segni Barocci -Foligno, Flagey à Bruxelles, Festival de St Michel-en-Thierache, Festival de Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Brugge Musica Antica, among others. 

In 2006, Arpeggiata performs more than 50 concerts in the most prestigious venues in Europe and out of Europe :  London, Geneve, Tel Aviv, Austria, Belgium , with several programs, one of them around Monteverdi (Il Ballo delle Ingrate) and around the "espressione amorosa" , the other around the traditional Mediterranean music and the music improvisation with jazz accents, or yet, around unknown and magnificent composers as Luigi Rossi and others authors of the rich  music world of the Italy of XVII century. 

Arpeggiata begins a collaboration with the cd house Naïve, international label ,  with a serie of recordings to be published in 2006 (october : album "Los Impossibles"),  2007 (Monteverdi and Rossi), and 2008. 

L'Arpeggiata is supported by the Ministry of Cultre, Drac Ile de Frane and from The Fondation France Telecom. 

Christina Pluhar

Christina PluharAfter studying guitar in her home city of Graz, she graduated in lute with Toyohiko Sato at the Hague Conservatoire. She was awarded the 'Diplôme Supérieur de Perfectionnement' at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith. Then she studied with Mara Galassi at the Scuola Civica di Milano.

From 1992 she has lived in Paris, where she performs regularly as a soloist and continuo player in prestigious festivals with famous groups such as La Fenice, Concerto Soave, Accordone, Elyma, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ricercar, Akademia, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Concerto Köln, ...and in ensembles directed by René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Alessandro di Marchi.

In 1992 she won the 1st Prize in the International Old Music Competition of Malmö with the ensemble La Fenice. She founded the Arpeggiata ensemble with which she has made a series of CDs for the Alpha company.  

From 1993 she has given master classes at Graz University, as well as teaching baroque harp at the Conservatoire of the Hague since 1999. Her repertoire includes solo and continuo works from the 16th to 18th centuries for Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo an Baroque harp.

Lucilla Galeazzi

Lucilla GaleazziLucilla Galeazzi comes from Umbria with a classic voice; controlled, refined and yet so full of spirit it absolutely explodes.  While studying at the university in Rome she started to approach th umbrian folk music. 1977 she joins Giovanna Marini's vocal quartet and collaborates until 1994 in numerous concerts and discs. 1982 she creates her own show dedicates to Italian songs of the sixties « Un sogno cosi ». She takes part in shows by Roberto de Simone : « Stabat mater » for the Naples Opera, « Carmina Vivvisea » (1988), « Processo e martirio du Giovanni d'arco » (1989) for Pisa Opera, « « Requiem for P.P. Pasolini for the San Carlo Theater.

1987 she founds her group « Il Trillo » with A. Sparagna and C. Rizzo.

She has had numerous meetings with contemporary music as well as jazz, such as musicians from ARFI in Lyon, the jazz-trombone player G. Schiaffi in hir work « Tautovox », with the bassist P. Damiani, with the guitarist . Bathelemy in the show « La gomme », with the jazz-tuba player Michel Godard and the cellist V : Courtois she creates the « Trio rouge ».

1991 she was soloist for the European Jazz orchestra in Strasbourg, 1994 she records her disc « Cuore di terra », 2001 her disc « Lunario ». She also gives masterclasses in France and Italy.

Anna Diego

Anna Diego 

LA TARANTELLA, Antidotum tarantulae

The Tarantula is a small venomous insect or spider found in the Kingdom of Naples, whose sting makes men very drowsy, and often unconscious, and can also be fatal to them. Many people believe that the tarantula's venom changes in quality from day to day, or from hour to hour, for it induces great diversity of passions in those who are stung: some sing, others laugh, others weep, other again cry out unceasingly; some sleep whilst others are unable to sleep; some vomit, or sweat, or tremble...

It has been said since time immemorial that music can cure the tarantula's poison. The popular belief was that when a person was bitten or stung by one sort of tarantula or another, it was necessary to use the right sort of music or song for him. Thus when someone was wounded by the Melancholy Tarantula, he became lethargic, indolent, sleepy. If he was stung by one of the Choleric variety, it made him choleric, inconstant, restless, furious, and inclined to murder and strangling. Once the person was bitten, the only treatment was dancing and music. As varied as the symptoms and causes of the illness were the musical forms that were meant to cure them. The remedy for the disease has been known since the middle ages as ‘tarantismo'.

The music examples on the treatment of tarantism are the first written-out tarantellas in musical history, and contain a whole string of ostinato basses and melodies which with slight variants are still to be found today in the folk music of southern Italy. Music, dance and colour are central to the therapy and great significance is attached to the instrumentation. L'Arpeggiata demonstrates that the captivating rhythms of the tarantella are still capable of luring performers and listeners alike.

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