Arparla is an internationally renowned Italian/Irish Duo, Davide Monti on baroque violin and Maria Christina Cleary on baroque harp. The duo takes its inspiration from a desire to speak with music (parla in Italian means “speak”), using the soft and refined sonorities of the harp and the expressive range of colours of the violin, both instruments played according to the historical way of playing.
Australian tour dates
10 March 1.10pm Perth, WA: St. George’s College Chapel
12 March 3pm Perth, WA: St. Paul’s Chapel, Mirrabooka
16 March 7pm Sydney, NSW: Humph Hall
21 March 8.30pm Woodend, VIC: St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Woodend Winter Arts Festival
The duo will be launching their second CD, Le Grazie del Violino, on the Stradivarius label (STR 33881). It is a collection of 17th century Italian instrumental music including works by Marini, Pandolfi-Mealli, Selma, Uccellini, Frescobaldi, Merula and Fontana. These pieces are highly experimental, but seek to represent the expressive affects (the graces) and human passions.
The collection is unique in that it is the first CD where the Arpa Doppia (the Baroque double harp) is exclusively used as the continuo instrument and the solo works for keyboard have never been recorded before on the harp.