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'Himmelsmusik'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Himmelsmusik'

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'Himmelsmusik' Ahle Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend warden (a) Anonymous Chiaccona a 4 J Christoph Bach Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hatte (b) JS Bach Komm, susser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh, BWV478 (b) Bertali Sonata a 6 Butner Ich suchte des Nachts in meinem Bette (c) Erlebach Kommt, ihr Stunden, macht mich frei (b) Ritter 0 amantissime sponsec Schutz Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, SWV447 (c). Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, SWV366d Theile Gott, hilf mir (b). Der Sionitin Wiegenlied (e) Tunder Ein kleines Kindelein0 (acde) Celine Scheen sop (abde) Philippe Jaroussky counterten (e) Jesus Rodil ten (de) Dingle Yandell bass L'Arpeggiata / Christina Pluhar theorbo Erato (F) 9029 56340-0 (75' * DDD)

L'Arpeggiata are the ensemble with the curl in the middle of their forehead: when they are good they are very, very good--energetic, stylish, disarmingly original--but when they are bad ...

There have been more bad days than good in the studio recently. Neither 'Handel Goes Wild' (10/17) nor 'Music for a While' (5/14) had much of value to say, steering away from the sly anachronisms and witty stylistic collisions of the period band's early recordings and heading full speed towards crossover at its wilful worst. Thankfully, with 'Himmelsmusik' we find the group back on solid musical ground, albeit terra incognita.

Italy has always been the ensemble's musical home. Forays to Spain and South America have always led them back to Monteverdi, Cavalli, Merula and their contemporaries, while northern Europe has remained almost entirely unexplored. …

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