Five Fast Facts with L'Arpeggiata

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


The 2017 Kaleidoscopes Season is opening in grand style, thanks to early music legends, L’Arpeggiata. Considered chamber music “rock stars”, this ensemble has a reputation to turn every concert into a party, thanks to their inexhaustible energy and charisma.


Here are Five Fast Facts, you might not know about: 


L’Arpeggiata takes its name from a toccata by Italo-German composer Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger. The name, chosen by founder and artistic director, Christina Pluhar, shows the ensembles interest in plucked and strummed instruments.




Vincenzo Capezzuto has toured with L’Arpeggiata since 2010, bringing subtle boyish near-alto voice to the stage and in the recording studio. Born in Salerno (Italy), he’s an excellent and expressive singer, however he regards himself primarily as a dancer. He has performed as a soloist at the San Carlo Opera House in Naples, the English National Ballet, Ballet Argentino Julio Bocca and Michele Merola’s MMcompany.




The origin of the cornetto, played by Doron Sherwin, lays among the lower strata of society. H.W. Schwarz' in The Story of Musical Instruments controversially describes it as “the poor white trash among musical instruments. Not only were they cheaply made, but they were noted for their poverty of musical qualities.”  In actual fact, the cornetto was the most popular wind instrument in Europe during the 15th and 16th century and its legacy still survives today.



Henry Purcell, is considered one of the greatest English composers and he has inspired, as expected, many contemporary English composers. His influence also reached other unexpected musicians, such as Pete Townsend of The Who. Tracks like 'I Can See for Miles', 'Won’t Get Fooled Again', and 'Pinball Wizard' all owe their existence to the Baroque composer.

Watch Pete Townsend discussing Purcell's influence on his music style with BBC Radio - watch now.




This 11-member period-instrument ensemble plays on mostly modern reconstructions of historical instruments; including Pluhar’s Theorbo, Palviainen’s Archlute and Haru Kitamika’s Harpsichord.


Find out more about the L'Arpeggiata tour starting 15 March here.