Monday, October 15, 2012

Monteverdi Monday – Philippe Jaroussky & Nuria Rial

In 2000, Christina Pluhar formed the loose-knit early music group L'Arpeggiata. Her performances may annoy the purists. In addition to early music performance practices, her group incorporates elements of jazz and world music. One thing I especially like is her addition of drumming to early dance music, which is more authentic than we might think. You might consider L’Arpeggiata’s style as "Renaissance/Crossover."

More recently, Ms. Pluhar had the good sense to invite singers like Philippe Jaroussky and Nuria Rial (and others) to perform with her group.  Zefiro, torna is also included (in a studio performance) on their album Teatro d’amore.

To the purists in the room: go ahead and run away screaming now. Everyone else prepare yourselves to see and hear an updated/old fashioned/world music/jazz/classical/Renaissance/crossover number. 
These musicians clearly have a great love for music they perform: 

Monteverdi: Zefiro Torna

I "discovered" this performance after one of my readers (Juha) pointed out L’Arpeggiata’s performance of Pur ti miro from Poppea. There are actually are three different performances of Pur ti miro by L’Arpeggiata, which I will post soon. 


  1. L'Arpeggiata are great! And there's nothing like a good cornett solo to get cheered up.

  2. I totally agree with you. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Cool! I had never heard of this ensemble. And this is some very nice music-making.

  4. I am glad you like it. If not for a PJ fixation, I would've never found them. Their Via Crucis album is quite good too:


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