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Christina Pluhar / L'arpeggiata, featuring Misia

[ Erato Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 8 March 2013

Come on a musical crossing of the Mediterranean Sea, exhilirated by the swell of the waves and the fabulous voices of Mísia, Nuria Rial, Vincenzo Capezzuto, Raquel Andueza and Katerina Papadopoulou.

Trace a route round the marine cradle of our civilisation, feeling the crunch of sand as the air resounds to tarantellas, sung in Greek as was the custom in the Baroque era in the Greek-Albanian villages of Calabria.

Christina Pluhar and l'Arpeggiata invites you on a cruise that will take you from Portugal to Turkey, following the coasts of Spain, Catalonia, Greece, and Italy, caressed by the rocking of the waves and the captivating dialogue between traditional plucked instruments of the Mediterranean region - the qanun, saz, Greek lyre and lavta, the oud and Portuguese guitar - and the Baroque strings of l'Arpeggiata.

Join Christina Pluhar on this new odyssey, filled with sunshine and poetry!

"L'Arpeggiata's precision plucking is lovely, but its music Mediterranean is a fantasy...This is not a voyage in a humble fishing boat, sampling real folk music at ports from Portugal to Turkey; we are on a tourist cruise - not a brash one, but a refined tour where we avoid any hard edges or uncomfortable truths" [International Record Review]

"There is nothing fusty here and the playing and singing wear their sophistication lightly...Feel the heat and the cool in an anthology that treats these lovely blooms with respect. Nothing of the jealous scholar or the ivory turret here - only a renewing vibrant charm." MusicWeb

"Misia is not exactly representative of traditional fado, and that is to the advantage of this collaboration, but paradoxically her singing here is the most traditional I have heard from her and she complements the rest with her very different timbre...Outstanding" Gramophone


1 Are mou Rindineddha 4:36
2 Sem saber 3:26
3 Hasapiko 2:18
4 Tres sirenas 3:42
5 Hicâz mandira 4:42
6 Pizzica di San Vito 2:20
7 Amygdalaki tsakisa 4:19
8 La dama d'Aragó 3:40
9 Amor de mel, amor de fel 3:06
10 Günes & ay 3:37
11 De Santanyí vaig partir 3:54
12 Rosa negra no meu peito (Fado Corrido) 2:44
13 Thalassa lypisou 3:34
14 Oriamu Pisulina 3:06
15 O pájem 3:29
16 Sfessania 2:58
17 Agapimu fidela protini 3:08
18 Cantigas de portugueses (Fado Magala) 2:58
19 Los delfines 4:30

Total: 66:13