Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Leaving aside the sea momentarily, Mediterraneo is both the name of one of my favourite films (by Gabriele Salvatores) about a handful of misfit Italian soldiers who 'take control' of a Greek island emptied of its active men folk during the Second World War only to find themselves enraptured by the place (and forgotten by the war) and is now an album by the incomparable L'Arpeggiata.

I expect Christiana Pluhar/L'Arpeggiata are stalked by Early Music true believers with placards denouncing their audacity for running creative roughshod through 'authenticity'! However, thankfully for the majority, they pursue the joy of re-creation, of being faithful through making new; and, the music they make is movingly gorgeous!

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