Complete Alpha Recordings

The Complete Alpha Recordings

by L'Arpeggiata
     
 
L'Arpeggiata, a vocal-instrumental ensemble led by Austrian theorbist Christina Pluhar, specializes in the music of the 17th century as well as the popular dance music on which much of it drew. The combination has resulted in uncommonly lively performances of music by composers who have hitherto been neglected simply because nobody

Overview

L'Arpeggiata, a vocal-instrumental ensemble led by Austrian theorbist Christina Pluhar, specializes in the music of the 17th century as well as the popular dance music on which much of it drew. The combination has resulted in uncommonly lively performances of music by composers who have hitherto been neglected simply because nobody else has quite managed to bring them alive. L'Arpeggiata has gone on to make several acclaimed recordings for the major Virgin label, but the six albums collected on this compilation, recorded for the small Alpha label in France between 2000 and 2005, are equally good and are a bargain in this package. The Baroque works covered, by Kapsberger, Stefano Landi, and Emilio de' Cavalieri, have been better represented in music history books than on recordings, and each disc yields some gems. Even better is the disc entitled "La Tarantella," a sort of reflection on the history, philosophy, and meaning of that famous Italian folk dance, and the one called All' Improvviso, which approaches popular dances of the Baroque era in the spirit, although not the rhythm, of jazz. There's not a dull moment anywhere in the set, and the music played here can very easily be made dull. You can even get Alpha's remarkable original booklets in digital form, although they're not included in the box set, and the production values of the original recordings were uniformly strong. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2013
Label:
Alpha Productions
UPC:
3760014198182
catalogNumber:
818
Rank:
1077

Tracks

  1. L'innocenza dei Ciclopi, overo Concenti diatonici, cromatici ed henarmonici: Cantata sopra Il Passacaglio. Diatonica
  2. Espanoletas, for guitar (or harp)
  3. Folias (Canzone, sinfonie, fantasie, Book 1)
  4. Kapsberger for chitarrone
  5. Toccata, for keyboard
  6. Arie musicali Bk.1 No.15, Se l'aura spira, in 3 sections for solo voice
  7. Ciaconna for violin, keyboard & chitarrone
  8. Ninna Nanna sopra la Romanesca
  9. Ciaccona, improvisation for clarinet
  10. Folia passeggiata sopra D
  11. Romanesca (after Santiago de Murcia & Martin y Coll)
  12. Ciaccona (after Cazzati & Storace)
  13. Las Folías
  14. Voglio una casa
  15. Lu povero 'Ntonuccio (Lamento funebre) (puglia)
  16. Pizzica Ucci (puglia)
  17. Tu bella ca lu tieni lu pettu tundu (Tarantella)
  18. Tarantella italiana
  19. Sogna fiore mio (Ninna nanna sopra la Tarantella)
  20. Silenzio d'amuri
  21. Pizzicarella mia (Pizzica Tarantata) (Puglia)
  22. Ah, vita bella!
  23. Luna Lunedda (Pizzica)
  24. Lamento dei mendicanti
  25. Lu Passariellu (Tarantella dell'Avena) (Puglia)
  26. Lu Gattu la sonava la zampogna (Ninna Nanna) (Umbria)
  27. Corpo solo (intermedio)
  28. La rappresentatione di anima e di corpo, musical morality play
  29. La rappresentatione di anima e di corpo, musical morality play: Act 1. Sinfonia
  30. Sinfonia à 3
  31. Augelin
  32. Passacalli della vita ("Homo fugit velut umbra")
  33. Amarillide, deh vieni
  34. Quest'Acqua
  35. Quando Rinaldo
  36. Dirindin
  37. Canta la cicaleta
  38. Balletto delle Virtù
  39. Alla guerra d'amor
  40. A che più l'arco tendere
  41. T'amai gran tempo
  42. Canzona detta La Pozza, for lute, theorbo & harp
  43. Altri amor fugga
  44. Invan lusinghi
  45. Figlio dormi
  46. Tarantella di Sannicandro (chant traditionnel des noces)
  47. Ai conviti, alle nozze
  48. Che fai tu
  49. Senso fallace
  50. Tu che pallido e sangue, aria (from Book 1 of Arie Passeggiate)
  51. Sinfonia No. 15
  52. Lacrime estreme
  53. Sinfonia No. 8
  54. Alma mia, dove t'en vai
  55. Passacaglia (improvisation)
  56. Galliarda prima
  57. Toccata Arpeggiata for lute (from Book 1 of D'Intravolatura di Lauto)
  58. Sinfonia No. 9
  59. Occhi soli d'amore
  60. O fronte serena
  61. Avrilla mia
  62. O cor sempre dolente
  63. Io parto
  64. Sonino, scherzino
  65. Ite sospiri miei

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