Christina Pluhar - Handel Goes Wild



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Christina Pluhar
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With Händel Goes Wild Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata once again embark on some musical time travel, this time in the company of soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Valer Sabadus and jazz clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi. The album features sumptuously reimagined versions of some of Handel's most celebrated operatic arias. "All baroque composers used strict forms," explains Christina Pluhar, "but those forms would also allow the singers and musicians to improvise and add ornament freely." Highlighting the composer's dynamism and temperament, she says: "Handel must have been pretty wild himself." George Frideric Handel now joins Purcell, Monteverdi and Cavalli on the list of composers who have inspired an album by Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata. The title of this new album refers first and foremost to the imaginative treatment his music receives from L'Arpeggiata, but Christina Pluhar reminds us that "Handel must have been pretty wild himself," quoting this famous anecdote: "At a rehearsal for his opera Ottone, when the celebrated soprano Francesca Cuzzoni refused to sing the aria 'Falsa immagine', he became so furious that he grabbed her round the waist and threatened to throw her out of the window." Fortunately, the 'wildness' on this album is purely pleasurable. Händel Goes Wild is in the beguiling vein of Music For A While - Improvisations on Henry Purcell, released by L'Arpeggiata on Erato in 2014. Praising that album, BBC Music Magazine wrote: "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"

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1) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Alcina HWV 34 Act 3: Sinfonia (Arr. Pluhar) - Christina Pluhar
2) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Rinaldo HWV 7B Act 1: "Venti Turbini" (Rinaldo) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
3) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Semele HWV 58 Act 2: "O Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me" (Semele) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
4) Vivaldi / Arr Pluhar: Improvisation on Concerto for Strings in G minor RV 157: I. Allegro (Arr. Pluhar) - Christina Pluhar
5) Handel: Rinaldo HWV 7B Act 1: "Cara Sposa" (Rinaldo) - Christina Pluhar
6) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Semele HWV 58 Act 2: "Where'er You Walk" (Semele) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
7) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Solomon HWV 67 Act 3: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Arr. Pluhar) - Christina Pluhar
8) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Amadigi Di Gaula HWV 11 Act 2: "Pena Tiranna" (Dardano) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
9) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV 17 Act 3: "Piangerò la Sorte Mia" (Cleopatra) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
10) Kapsberger: Canario (Arr. Pluhar) - Christina Pluhar
11) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Alcina HWV 34 Act 2: "Verdi Prati" (Ruggiero) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
12) Handel / Arr Pluhar: Il Trionfo Del Tempo E Della Verità HWV 46B Part 2: "Tu Del Ciel Ministro Eletto" (Belezza) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
13) Handel: Alcina HWV 34 Act 2: "Mi Lusinga Il Dolce Affetto" (Ruggiero) [Arr. Pluhar] - Christina Pluhar
14) Handel: Rinaldo HWV 7 Act 2: "Lascia Ch'io Pianga" (Improvisations By Josep Maria Martí Duran and Turrisi) - Christina Pluhar
15) Handel: Serse HWV 40 Act 1: "Ombra Mai Fu" (Serse) - Christina Pluhar

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