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Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata ​are at it again with Handel Goes Wild! / KDFC: Download Of the Week

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George Frideric Handel now joins Purcell, Monteverdi and Cavalli on the list of composers who have inspired an album by Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata. Händel Goes Wild brings them together with soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Valer Sabadus and jazz clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi to explore and reimagine the cosmopolitan composer's music in their own inimitable and intoxicating style. L'Arpeggiata's aesthetic was summed up by the New York Times in 2012: "The group uses modern pop vocal inflections and improvisational techniques from jazz in its performances of antique pieces … Its audacious hybrids are driven principally by a fascination with reviving the Baroque art of ornamental extemporization and a curiosity about how contemporary improvisatory styles might be enlisted in that quest."

The New York Times describes their MO as "using modern pop vocal inflections and improvisational techniques to create audacious hybrids." And yes, you need to hear this! Grab a track from Handel Goes Wild now for free at KDFC: San Francisco.