Handel Goes Wild

Handel Goes Wild

by L'ArpeggiataL'Arpeggiata


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Conductor Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata have made several recordings in which the improvisational bases of jazz and Baroque music are brought together. The ideas go back as far as the Modern Jazz Quartet's recordings of the 1950s, and Pluhar, on solid ground, has attracted plenty of critical attention and strong sales. Handel Goes Wild, as the title suggests, goes farther into the unknown. Pluhar asserts that the title refers to Handel's choleric personality, but it is also she who goes wild; the album's subtitle is "Improvisations on G.F. Handel," but it might be more accurate to say that Handel serves here as raw melodic material for further creative activity. Soprano Núria Rial and countertenor Valer Sabadus roll with whatever L'Arpeggiata throws at them, and there's nothing dull about the proceedings at all: the playing is not like the MJQ's, with its regular jazz rhythms substituted for Baroque pulses, but instead shifts freely between pieces and within a single aria. There is jazz, but there are also other styles of various kinds, and there is also straight Handel. Obviously, your mileage may vary here: you can sample Venti, turbini from "Rinaldo," to hear what you're getting into. Whatever your personal verdict, the members of L'Arpeggiata are not dilettantes fooling with Handel; they know their stuff.

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Release Date: 09/01/2017
Label: Erato
UPC: 0190295811693
catalogNumber: 563596
Rank: 79332


  1. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu
  2. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga
  3. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto
  4. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Tu del Ciel ministro eletto
  5. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Verdi prati
  6. Canario for lute (from Book 1 of D'Intravolatura di Lauto)
  7. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Piangerò la sorte mia
  8. Amadigi di Gaula, opera, HWV 11: Pena tiranna
  9. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  10. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Where'er you walk
  11. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Cara sposa
  12. Concerto for strings & continuo in G minor, RV 157: Allegro
  13. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: O sleep, why dost thou leave me
  14. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Venti, turbini
  15. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Sinfonia

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