Programme: L'Arpeggiata & Christina Pluhar

Alla Napoletana : Bodo 2022 – Program

  1. Maurizio Cazzati
    Ciaccona
    Instrumental
     
  2. Anonymus
    Lullaby, nanna alla Romanesca
    Céline Scheen, Vincenzo Capezzuto
     
  3. Claudio Monteverdi
    Amor (Lament of the Nymph)
    Céline Scheen
     
  4. Rodolfo Falvo (1873 - 1937)
    Dicitencello Vuie
    Vincenzo Capezzuto
     
  5. Traditional (Apulien)
    Pizzica of San Vito
    Vincenzo Capezzuto, Anna Dego
     
  6. Henry de Bailly
    Yo soy la locura
    Céline Scheen
     
  7. Traditional (Carpino)
    La Carpinese
    Vincenzo Capezzuto, Anna Dego
     
  8. Santiago de Murica
    Fandango
    Instrumental
     
  9. Traditional (Naples, 18th century
    Lo Guarracino
    Vincenzo Capzzuto 
     
  10. Giramo Kapsberger
    Toccata L'Arpeggiata
    Instrumental, Anna Dego
     
  11. Barbara Strozzi
    What can be done
    Céline Scheen
     
  12. Traditional (Apulien)
    Pïzzicarella mia
    Vincenzo Capezzuto, Anna Dego
     
  13. Sigismondi-o d'India
    Stopped spheres
    Céline Scheen
     
  14. Marcello Vitale
    Tarantella a Maria di Nardo'
    Instrumental, Anna Dego
     
  15. Alfio Antico
    Silenziu d'amuri
    Vincenzo Capezzuto
     
  16. Andrea Falconiero
    Suave Melodia
    Instrumental
     
  17. Traditional / arr. C. Pluhar
    Lu Passariellu
    Vincenzo Capezzuto, Céline Scheen, Anna Dego

  

  

Biography Christina Pluhar

Conductor, lutenist, harpist, arranger and composer

 

With L'Arpeggiata, baroque arrives directly in the 21st century: fine, cultivated, noble, lusty, spirited, racy! A vital look back to the future.
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Austrian conductor Christina Pluhar is one of the most innovative musicians on the early music scene.

With her irrepressible love of music-making, she swept the ECHO Klassik in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2018, Opus Klassik honored the ensemble L'Arpeggiata as "Ensemble of the Year." The critics rave about the liberated, spontaneous and highly virtuosic way in which the instrumentalists and singers under Pluhar's direction bring the selected works to new life, how they are able to elicit sounds from them that have not been heard before in such colorfulness.

 

Christina Pluhar CDs and concerts enchant and her interpretations, arrangements and musical discoveries shape the early music world of today.

 

The music world has much to thank Christina Pluhar for - both the early music scene and the concert life of the 21st century as a whole. With the founding of her ensemble L'Arpeggiata in 2000, the conductor, lutenist, harpist, arranger, and composer succeeded over the years in breaking down firmly believed structures of interpreting and understanding early music and renewing the view. Through her approach, Christina Pluhar opened baroque music to an unexpectedly broad audience.

 

Christina Pluhar was born in Graz in 1965. She studied concert guitar in her hometown and in 1984 began studying the lute at the Koninlijk Conservatorium in The Hague, where she graduated in 1987. She continued her studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith, earning a diploma in early music in 1992. She studied baroque harp in Basel and at Scuola Civica in Milan.

 

Since 1992 she has lived as a freelance musician in her adopted city of Paris. She has performed as soloist and basso continuo player with numerous ensembles such as La Fenice, Hesperion XXI, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Concerto Soave, and many others.

From 1997 to 2005 she worked as assistant to Ivor Bolton at the Munich State Opera, the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the Hamburg Opera, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, among others.

 

With the founding of L'Arpeggiata in 2000, Pluhar gave new life to the revolutionary spirit of the early music scene: Instead of interpretive routine, her focus from the beginning was on experimental, liberated and improvisational interplay. She broke up the routine basso continuo playing, arranged known and unknown works and gave the music of the 17th century a new colorfulness.

At L'Arpeggiata, the absolute masters and mistresses of their craft are on stage. Like the repertoire, Christina Pluhar also chooses her fellow musicians and guests with the utmost care. Among her guests are not only stars from the field of historical performance practice, but also from jazz and traditional music.

Since then, L'Arpeggiata has played to sold-out audiences on all international stages. The CD recordings have been praised by the public and the press and have been awarded numerous prizes. Concert tours have taken the ensemble throughout Europe, Australia, South America, Japan, China, New Zealand as well as the USA.

In 2012, L'Arpeggiata was the first early music ensemble ever tobe "ensemble in residence" at New York's Carnegie Hall.

 

Since the founding of her ensemble L'Arpeggiata, 18 successful albums have been released. In their CD projects, Christina Pluhar and her musicians devote themselves to an experimental style and speak the strict language of historically informed performance practice with equal virtuosity. They always approach the work in all its facets at the very highest interpretational and musical level.

The CD recordings of L'Arpeggiata on the Alpha, Naïve and Erato/Warner Classics labels are not only best sellers but have also been awarded numerous prizes such as the Echo Klassik, Edison Prize, VSCD Muziekprijs, Cannes Classical Awards, Timbre de platine d'Opéra international, BBC Magazine, Prix Exellentia Pizzicato, ffff Télérama, Coup de cœur de l'Académie Charles Cros and many more.

 

The film Tous les soleils, directed by writer Philippe Claudel and released on the big screen in March 2011, was inspired by the music of their legendary album La Tarantella. Two tracks from this album were re-recorded for the occasion with the voice of the main actor Stefano Accorsi.

 

Christina Pluhar has also enjoyed great success as an opera conductor. As in her work as director of L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar explores new avenues in the interpretation of operas, looking at the compositions not only from the point of view of the musical director, but always keeping the entire performance in mind. Her opera performances are always extraordinary, revolutionary and downright crowd pullers, yet her arrangements and the deliberate historical contextualization of the interpretations broaden the horizon enormously. To date, Christina Pluhar has arranged, adapted and interpreted numerous baroque operas with L'Arpeggiata, both staged and in concert.

 

In 2005 she recorded Emilio de' Cavalieri's work Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo, revolutionizing the understanding of recitar cantando.

Between 2009 and 2012 she performed Luigi Rossi's opera Il Palazzo Incantato (excerpts) together with the Sicilian puppeteer Mimmo Cutticcio at the baroque Schlossstheater in Ludwigsburg, among other venues.

In 2011, Christina Pluhar shone at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival and the Innsbruck Early Music Festival with Giovanni Andrea Bontempi's opera Il Paride (1662) in a production by Christoph von Bernuth.

In 2014, she received a commission from the Teatro Mayor in Bogotá, Colombia, where she performed her cross-opera Orfeo Chamán in a production by Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden. The opera was released on CD and DVD by Erato/Warner Classics in 2016.

In 2017 she created - together with choreographer Mei Hong Lin - the acclaimed dance piece Music & dance for a while at the Landestheater Linz, which was awarded the Austrian Music Theater Prize.

Between 2016 and 2021, she conducted Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo several times with Claudio Rolando Villazón in the title role.

In 2019, she conducted the staged premiere of Georg Caspar Schürmann's opera Die getreue Alceste (1719) in a production by Jan Eßinger at the Rokokotheater Schwetzingen.

In January 2022, she will perform Mozart's Il Re Pastore in concert at the Mozartfest Salzburg.

A new staged production of Handel's Belshazzar is planned for 2023 at the Theater an der Wien in a production by Marie-Eve Signeyrole.

She has been teaching baroque harp at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (NL) since  1999.

 

 

 

L'Arpeggiata

Musical leader: Christina Pluhar

 

Christina Pluhar is one of the most innovative musicians of the early music scene, who crosses the borders of musical styles in her projects and thus convinces like hardly any other artist.

With her irrepressible love of music-making, she has won the ECHO Klassik in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2018, L'Arpeggiata was awarded the title "Ensemble of the Year" by OPUSKLASSIK.

The highly decorated ensemble l'Arpeggiata was founded in 2000 by Christina Pluhar and is composed exclusively of virtuoso and artistically outstanding musicians. Working with soloists from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, the ensemble delights audiences and press around the world with unconventional, rousing performances.

 

Named after the toccata of the same name by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata specializes entirely in the performance of 17th century music.

In doing so, exuberant joy in playing, the desire to improvise and the joy of experimentation meet the musical craft of historical performance practice. Numerous concert tours have taken the ensemble throughout Europe, Australia, South America, Japan, China, New Zealand and the USA.

 

Their numerous recordings have been honored with every conceivable award, including the "Cannes Classical Award", the "Diapason d'Or" and the "Echo Klassik", which Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata received for the albums " Homo fugit velut umbra", "La Tarantella", "Teatro d'amore", 2010 for "Via Crucis", 2011 for "Vespro della beata vergine" and 2012 for "Los Párajos Perdidos". The CD project "Mediterraneo" with the fado singer Misia was released in March 2013, the CD "Music for a while - Improvisations on Purcell" with Philippe Jaroussky was released in March 2014, "Francesco Cavalli - L'Amore innamorato" was released in 2015, "Orfeo Chaman", an opera composed and arranged by Christina Pluhar was released in 2016. In 2017, the highly successful album "Händel goes wild" with star countertenor Valer Sabadus was released, which was awarded the OPUSKLASSIK in 2018. In 2018 the album "Himmelsmusik" with Philippe Jaroussky and Céline Scheen was released, in 2019 the album "Luigi Rossi - La lyra d'Orfeo & Arpa davidica" with Véronique Gens, Philippe Jaroussky, Valer Sabadus, Jakub Josef Orlinsky, Giuseppina Bridelli and Céline Scheen and in 2021 the album "Alla Napoletana" with Céline Scheen, Bruno de' Sa, Valer Sabadus, Luciana Mancini, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alessandro Giangrande and Joao Fernandez.

 

 

Céline Scheen

Sopran

 

Céline Scheen studied flute and singing at the Verviers Conservatory. Although her childhood dream was to become a French chanson or rock singer, she studied classical concert and opera singing at the Royal Conservatory in Mons. She continued her studies at the Brussels Conservatory, the Brussels Chapelle musicale Reine Elisabeth, and the Guildhall School of Music in London with Vera Rosza, who convinced her to devote herself to early music. Scheen gained notoriety when she collaborated with Musica Antiqua Köln under the direction of Reinhard Goebel on a highly acclaimed recording of Gérard Corbiau's film "Le Roi Danse" for the Deutsche Grammophon label. Since then, she has appeared with a broad repertoire in numerous opera productions at the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Théâtre de Caen and Opérra du Rhin, among others, in the roles of Thérèse in Poulenc's "Les mamelles de Tirésias", Frasquita in Bizet's "Carmen", Grilletta in Haydn's "Lo speziale", Zerlina in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and Philonoé in Lully's "Bellérophon". Under the direction of René Jacobs, she was heard at the Brussels Opera House La Monnaie in Gluck's "Alceste," Cavalli's "Eliogabalo" and Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

 

As a concert singer, she sang solo parts in works ranging from Bach and Mozart to Fauré and Orff. She has performed with ensembles such as Musica Antiqua Köln, Il Fondamento, Ricercar Consort, Capella Mediterranea, La Fénice, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Les Talens Lyriques, L'Arpegggiata and Le Concert des Nations as well as with musicians such as Leonardo García- Alarcón, Jean Tubéry, Andrea Marcon, Christophe Rousset, Jordi Savall and Christina Pluhar. Concert tours have taken the singer to the musical centers of Europe, to New Zealand and to New York's Carnegie Hall.

 

 

Vincenzo Capezzuto

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Born in Salerno in 1979, Vincenzo Capezzuto first studied classical dance at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and was a principal dancer with the Italian dance company Aterbaletto from 2005 to 2011. In 2009 he was also discovered as a singer by Christina Pluhar. Since then, he has worked regularly with L'Arpeggiata and participated in the CD's "Via Crucis" (2010), "Los Pajaros Perdidos" (2012), "Mediterraneo (2013) and 'Music for a while" (2014). In addition to the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele, he has performed with L'Arpeggiata at other international music festivals such as the Hong-Kong Festival and the Dresden Music Festival, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London. He also developed the cross-genre art project "Soqquadro Italiano" together with director Claudio Borggiani, with which he performed at the Biennale di Venezia, among others. In 2013 he recorded baroque Venetian gondola songs with the baroque orchestra Pomo d'oro (Riccardo Minasi), which were released as a CD with the book 'Gondola' by Donna Leon.

 

 

Anna Dego

Theaterdance

 

Born in Salerno in 1979, Vincenzo Capezzuto first studied classical dance at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and was a principal dancer with the Italian dance company Aterbaletto from 2005 to 2011. In 2009 he was also discovered as a singer by Christina Pluhar. Since then, he has worked regularly with L'Arpeggiata and participated in the CD's "Via Crucis" (2010), "Los Pajaros Perdidos" (2012), "Mediterraneo (2013) and 'Music for a while" (2014). In addition to the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele, he has performed with L'Arpeggiata at other international music festivals such as the Hong-Kong Festival and the Dresden Music Festival, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London. He also developed the cross-genre art project "Soqquadro Italiano" together with director Claudio Borggiani, with which he performed at the Biennale di Venezia, among others. In 2013 he recorded baroque Venetian gondola songs with the baroque orchestra Pomo d'oro (Riccardo Minasi), which were released as a CD with the book 'Gondola' by Donna Leon.

 

 

Alla Napoletana

 

Tarantellas, folie, cantatas, dances and canzone napoletane from Andrea Falconieri, Cristoforo Caresana, Pietro Antonio Giramo und Luigi Rossi

 

In the 17th century, Naples was the capital of music as well as the birthplace of opera and the commedia dell’arte. The prestigious Neapolitan conservatories promote the emergence of exceptional musicians and composers as well as the famous castrati. L’Arpeggiata delves into this seicento Napoletano, and explores the vocal repertoire, both baroque and traditional:

in the Gulf of Naples, a war breaks out between small and large fish caused by an unfaithful sardella; at the cradle of the infant giesù, the pastori sing ninne nanne and tarantelle; in the streets of Naples, one observes flaming dances while virtuoso airs of the castrati resonate in the palaces.

A program as dramatic, varied, lively and colorful as the city of Vesuvius.