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Via Crucis and Anna Bon

Ensemble L'Arpeggiata's "Way of the Cross" and composer Anna Bon with La Donna Musicale.

Christina Pluhar

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Christina Pluhar, director of Ensemble L'Arpeggiata.

Via Crucis

Ensemble L’Arpeggiata’s new Virgin Classics recording, Via Crucis, or “Way of the Cross,” brings together a beautifully varied program relating to the Passion of Christ.

Directed by Christina Pluhar, the recording features a world-class lineup of musicians, including soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, the vocal quartet Barbara Furtuna, and other guests. The story they tell is movingly expressed through the music of 17th-century Italy as well as traditional song.

Benedetto Ferrari: “Queste pungente spine”
L’Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar — Via Crucis (Virgin Classics , 2010)
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Anna Bon: La Viruosa di Venezia

The Boston-based ensemble La Donna Musicale has specialized in the music of women composers since its founding. Their latest self-published release explores 18th-century Venetian composer Anna Bon and selections from her works, which include sacred motets and instrumental sonatas. Led by gambist Laury Gutierrez, the ensemble’s recording (their best to date) captures the sumptuous beauty inherent in Bon’s music.

Their performance is a high-caliber tour of a lesser-known, yet excellent composer from the early-Classical Era.

La Donna Musicale’s new recording may be purchased through their website.

Anna Bon: Sonata V, III. Allegro
La Donna Musicale/Laury Gutierrez — Anna Bon: La Viruosa di Venezia (LA, 2010)
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Benedetto Ferrari: “Queste pungente spine”
L’Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar — Via Crucis (Virgin Classics , 2010)
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Claudio Monteverdi: “Laudate Dominum”
L’Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar — Via Crucis (Virgin Classics , 2010)
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Anna Bon: Sonata V, III. Allegro
La Donna Musicale/Laury Gutierrez — Anna Bon: La Viruosa di Venezia (LA, 2010)
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Anna Bon: Aria “Astra Coeli”
La Donna Musicale/Laury Gutierrez — Anna Bon: La Viruosa di Venezia (LA, 2010)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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