℗ 2014 Christina Pluhar, under exclusive licence to Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK
 

Music for a While - Improvisations on Purcell

Christina Pulhar

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The Mock Marriage  
1.1
"Twas within a furlong", Z. 605/2
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Thomas Scott; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Vincenzo Capezzuto
2:54
Oedipus, King of Thebes  
1.2
"Music for a while", Z. 583/2
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; John Dryden; Nathaniel Lee; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Philippe Jaroussky
5:54
Come, ye sons of art away (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary)  
1.3
"Strike the viol", Z. 323/5
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Nahum Tate; Christina Pluhar; L'arpeggiata; Raquel Andueza
3:57
1.4
"Now that the sun hath veiled his light" (An Evening Hymn on a Ground), Z. 193 (feat. L'arpeggiata, Philippe Jaroussky)
Bishop William Fuller; Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Christina Pluhar; L'arpeggiata; Philippe Jaroussky
6:06
Hail! bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day)  
1.5
"In vain the am'rous flute", Z. 328/10
Henry Purcell; Nicholas Brady; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Philippe Jaroussky; Vincenzo Capezzuto
4:33
Who can from joy refrain? (Birthday Ode for the Duke of Gloucester)  
1.6
"A prince of glorious race descended", Z. 342/3
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Nathum Tate; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Raquel Andueza
4:40
1.7
"O solitude, my sweetest choice", Z. 406
Henry Purcell; Kathryn Philips; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Philippe Jaroussky
5:23
Dido and Aeneas  
1.8
"When I am laid in earth", Z. 626/38
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Nahum Tate; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Raquel Andueza
5:03
Hail! bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day)  
1.9
"Wondrous machine", Z. 328/8
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Nicholas Brady; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Vincenzo Capezzuto
3:41
Welcome to all the pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day)  
1.10
"Here the deities approve", Z. 339/3
Christina Pluhar; Christopher Fishburn; Henry Purcell; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Philippe Jaroussky
4:47
Dido and Aeneas  
1.11
"Ah! Belinda", Z. 626/3
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Nahum Tate; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Raquel Andueza
4:10
Timon of Athens  
1.12
"Hark! how the songsters of the grove", Z. 632/2
Henry Purcell; Thomas Shadwell; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Philippe Jaroussky; Raquel Andueza
2:48
Secresy's Song, from The Fairy Queen  
1.13
"One charming night", Z. 629/13
Anonymous; Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Vincenzo Capezzuto
4:40
The Mock Marriage  
1.14
"Man is for the woman made", Z. 605/3
Henry Purcell; Peter Anthony Motteux; Christina Pluhar; Dominique Visse; L'Arpeggiata
1:17
The Fairy Queen  
1.15
"O let me weep" (The Plaint), Z. 629/40
Anonymous; Henry Purcell; Christina Pluhar; L'Arpeggiata; Raquel Andueza
7:18
Timon of Athens  
1.16
Curtain Tune on a Ground, Z. 632/13
Christina Pluhar; Henry Purcell; Christina Pluhar; L'arpeggiata
2:56
1.17
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen; Christina Pluhar; L'arpeggiata; Vincenzo Capezzuto
6:04
Total Playing Time    76:11
“Just as the composers and ensembles that ply the indie path in new music combine structures and language from contemporary classical styles with gestures and timbres from pop and world music, L’Arpeggiata has lately been hopping through cultures and across centuries. The group uses modern pop vocal inflections and improvisational techniques from jazz in its performances of antique pieces ... Its audacious hybrids are driven principally by a fascination with reviving the Baroque art of ornamental extemporization and a curiosity about how contemporary improvisatory styles might be enlisted in that quest.” - New York Times After the intoxicating heat of Mediterraneo, released in 2013, Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata – again in the company of countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, soprano Raquel Andueza and alto singer Vincenzo Capezzuto – now head to the cooler climes of England with Music for a while, an album based on the haunting, graceful and sometimes deeply moving music of Henry Purcell. Often considered England’s greatest composer, Purcell (1659-1695) represents an especially good match for the aesthetic of L’Arpeggiata: he made frequent use of the ground bass, a repeated (ostinato) figure in the lower line – the most famous instance of this occurs in Dido’s lament ‘When I am laid in earth’, the closing number from his opera Dido and Aeneas. The ground bass provides an ideal foundation for the brilliant, sometimes jazz-like improvisation that is the stock-in-trade of the L’Arpeggiata, here comprising singers, (plucked) strings, wind instruments, keyboard and percussion.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Warner Classics International Studio Masters

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