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Music for a While: Improvisations on Purcell / Philippe Jaroussky, Raquel Andueza, Vincenzo Capezzuto

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : 'Twas within a furlong (from "Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/2
>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
>Purcell, Henry : Begin the song and strike the living lyre, sacred song, for bass & continuo, Z. 183
>Purcell, Henry : Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for soloists, chorus & organ in G minor, Z. 231
>Purcell, Henry : Hail! bright Cecilia
>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
>Purcell, Henry : Hail Bright Cecilia!
>Purcell, Henry : Welcome to all the pleasures, Z 339 "Ode for St Cecilia's Day"
>Purcell, Henry : Ah! Belinda I am pressed with torment (from "Dido and Aeneas"), aria for soprano, Z. 626/3
>Purcell, Henry : Hark! how the songsters in the grove (from "Timon of Athens"), duet for 2 sopranos, Z. 632/2
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Man is for the woman made, Z. 605/3
>Purcell, Henry : Curtain Tune on a Ground
>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Long experienced in fusing Baroque with jazz-inspired performance styles, L'Arpeggiata's approach breathes new life into the Restoration composer, whose ground basses are akin to riffs, his melodies folk-like in their raw simplicity...Baroque instruments and a jazz-style combo mix to intriguing effect.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
Most of these songs retain their essential character, and far from having his genius dimmed, Purcell still shines as a writer of songs timelessly receptive to reinterpretation and capable of reaching the heart by the power of melody alone.

After the intoxicating heat of Mediterraneo, released in 2013, Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata 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. The contemporary element in Music for a While (named after a song written for John Dryden's play Oedipus) is exemplified by the contribution, on acoustic and electric guitar, of Austrian jazz-player Wolfgang Muthspiel, while the Baroque tradition is embodied in the celebrated French countertenor Dominique Visse, a singer who set an example for Philippe Jaroussky; Visse was a student of the pioneering British countertenor Alfred Deller (1912-1979), closely associated with the music of Purcell and the revival of interest in Baroque music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Institut Culturel Roumain de Paris, Salle Byzantine, Pa (06/2013).



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>Purcell, Henry : 'Twas within a furlong (from "Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/2
  • Performers: Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Begin the song and strike the living lyre, sacred song, for bass & continuo, Z. 183
  • Performers: Raquel Andueza (Soprano); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1693

>Purcell, Henry : Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for soloists, chorus & organ in G minor, Z. 231
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Hail! bright Cecilia :: In vain the am'rous flute
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323
  • Performers: Raquel Andueza (Soprano); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aenaeas
  • Performers: Raquel Andueza (Soprano); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Hail Bright Cecilia! :: Wond'rous machine
  • Performers: Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Welcome to all the pleasures, Z 339 "Ode for St Cecilia's Day"
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : Ah! Belinda I am pressed with torment (from "Dido and Aeneas"), aria for soprano, Z. 626/3
  • Performers: Raquel Andueza (Soprano); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Hark! how the songsters in the grove (from "Timon of Athens"), duet for 2 sopranos, Z. 632/2
  • Performers: Raquel Andueza (Soprano); Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Man is for the woman made, Z. 605/3
  • Performers: Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet); Dominique Visse
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Raquel Andueza (Soprano); Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Curtain Tune on a Ground
  • Performers: Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
  • Performers: Wolfgang Muthspiel (Guitar); Gianluigi Trovesi (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christina Pluhar
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary