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Founded in 2000, L’ARPEGGIATA is an outstanding ensemble directed by Christina Pluhar. Its members are some of today’s best soloists and, in addition, they work in collaboration with exceptional singers from the Baroque and the traditional music worlds. Their aim is to revive an almost unknown repertoire and to focus especially on works from the beginning of the 17th century. The bases of L’Arpeggiata are instrumental improvisations, a different approach to singing centered 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 received outstanding reviews for their albums and concerts. Their album La Villanella, dedicated to the music of Girolamo Kapsberger, was considered “Event of the month” by Répertoire des disques in September 2001 and has been awarded the Premio Internationale del disco per la musica italiana. Their second CD, Homo fugit velut umbra, devoted to Stefano Landi, was “10 de Répertoire,” “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 Répertoire,” “CD of the Week” by France Musique, and “CD of the Month” by Toccata (Germany). All’Improvviso, their third disc, was awarded “Timbre de platine” by Opéra international and “CD of the Month” by BBC Magazine, and their CD Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Emilio de’ Cavalieri has won the prize of the Académie “Charles Cros.” Their album Los Impossibles includes the participation of the Kings Singers and the flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela.
Since 2009 they have recorded for the Virgin Classics label. Their album Teatro d’amore, music by Claudio Monteverdi with singers Philippe Jaroussky and Nuria Rial, was awarded the ECHO Klassik Preis (Germany) in 2009 as well as the Edison Klassik prize (Holland) in 2010. Their album Via crucis, which included the vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna from Corsica, was released in March 2010.
L’Arpeggiata has participated in such festivals as Lufthansa Festival in London, Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, the Pfigstfestspiele Melk, the Festival de St. Michel-en-Thierache, the Festival de Sablé-sur-Sarthe, the Brugge Musica Antica, Poissy, St. Petersburg, the Philharmonie Köln, Paris Salle Gaveau, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Musikfestspiele Postdam, the Händelfestspiele Halle, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Ruhr Triennale, the Istanbul International Festival, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival as well as performing at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space and New York’s Carnegie Hall, among many others.