Musica Italiana

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For centuries, mandolin instruments have been part of Italian-topos painting. The mandolin has always been related to the traditional Italian way of living – not only in fine art, but also in public perception. Without doubt the instrument also plays a significant role in Italian traditional music, this may be the reason for the fact that it never really fell into oblivion. There have always been tendencies to establish the mandolin as a concert instrument in formal music.

This recording unites Italian original compositions for mandolin from Baroque, the Classical period, and Romanticism. The mandolin enjoyed its heyday in each of those epochs, in each of which it was treated differently. The Baroque and Classical periods are distinguished by the way they arrange the music, by their respective use and by their choice of instruments. Romanticism impresses through virtuosity and tremolo, the fast repetition of tones characteristic for the mandolin as its main playing technique. Today the guitar is frequently used to accompany the mandolin because its tone fits in excellently. 



Nicolo Romaldi (ca. 1680 - 1730)
Sonfonia per Mandolino solo
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Adagio
4. Menuett - Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Concerto D-Dur RV 93
5. Allegro
6. Largo
7. Allegro

Gabriele Leone (ca. 1730 - 1780)
Sonate 5, op. 2
8. Larghetto
9. Allegretto
10. Variations con Gusto

 Raffaele Calace (1863 - 1934)
11. Polonese, op. 36

Raffaele Calace (1863 - 1934)
12.Pavana, op. 54

Raffaele Calace (1863 - 1934)
13. Saltarello, op. 79

Carlo Munier (1859 - 1911)
14. Aria Variata, op. 281



Alba del Dia - Daybreak

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"You idiot! Don’t you see that this is the true Piazzolla, not that other one? You can throw all your other music away!" Nadia Boulanger, the famous Paris professor of composition, is said to have said to Astor Piazzolla when he played her a tango on the piano. By the “other music” she meant his composition attempts in which the musical influence of Argentina was nowhere to be heard. Piazzolla’s affinity with the traditional music of his homeland was too deep for him to be able to deny his musical roots, even though tango musicians were anything but respected in the Argentina of his youth.

The music of all the composers on this CD is an inspiring fusion: folk roots reflected in serious musical works that are strongly characterised by their composers’ Latin origins. The composers also share common role models in European art music – Stravinsky, Ravel, Debussy and de Falla.

The mandolin and the guitar are inextricably linked with the traditional music of Italy, Spain, Argentina and Brazil – the native countries of the composers on this CD. In Spain and Argentina the guitar is the national instrument; the mandolin is most closely associated with Italy, where it originated. Playing these “folk instruments” in a classical style also connects them with traditional art music through their provenance and individual tonal spectrum.

In several respects this recording is dialectically positioned between traditional Latin roots and the search for modern European music.



Máximo Diego Pujol (* 1957)
Dos Aires Candomberos
1. Candombe de los Buenos Tiempos

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968)
Sonatina, op. 205
2. Allegretto grazioso
3. Tempo di Siciliana
4. Scherzo - Rondo

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 – 1999)
5. Aria antigua
Serenata al Alba del Dia
6. Andante moderato
7. Allegro

Celso Machado (* 1953)
Musiques populaires Brésiliennes
8. Pacoca (Choro)
9. Quebra Queixo (Choro)
10. Pé de Moleque (Samba Choro)

Astor Piazolla (1921 – 1992)
Histoire du tango
11. Bordell 1900
12. Café 1930
13. Nightclub 1960
14. Concert d'aujourd'hui

Máximo Diego Pujol (* 1957)
Dos Aires Candomberos

Duo Saitenschlag - re:composed

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re: composed – rearranged, reinterpreted, recomposed

The program of this CD recording provides for the unusual instrumentation of classical guitar and percussion, combines works of the most distinctive styles and ages:  In addition to musical “discoveries,” some older and well-known works, originally composed for the piano, can be heard here arranged for guitar and percussion allowing the listener to “re”-discover these wonderful compositions.

Perhaps not at first sight, but when you look at it again, a piano has some things in common with both a guitar and the percussion instruments. The tone is generated by striking a string. By arranging the piano works for this duo instrumentation, not only new acoustic colors are created: Manners of articulation specific for the instruments can point to other and new ways for the future of music.

The pieces of Jaime M. Zenamon and Christian Klaus Frank are first recordings.



Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916)
1. Valses Poéticos

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
6 Inventionen
2. Invention Nr. 12 A-Dur, BWV 783
3. Invention Nr. 13 a-moll, BWV 784
4. Invention Nr. 14 B-Dur, BWV 785
5. Invention Nr. 15 h-moll, BWV 786
6. Invention Nr. 3 D-Dur, BWV 774
7. Invention Nr. 4 d-moll, BWV 775

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
8. 12 Variationen über "Ah, vous dirais-je, Maman" KV265

George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)
Three Preludes
9. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
10. Andante con moto a poco rubato
11. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

Jaime M. Zenamon (* 1953)
12. Togo Toccatta

Christian Klaus Frank (* 1968)
13. Pollock re:composed - horizontal composition II

CD under participation of Christian Laier

Duo Takaaki Shibata & Christian Laier - Sky blue flower

Takaaki Shibata - Mandolin | Christian Laier - Mandola, Mandolin

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Particularly characteristic for classical mandolin works is their nature of chamber music,  since they  have often been used for private music-making in a small circle of connoisseurs and lovers. Much of this work is for mandolin duo, as most aristocratic dilettantes were able to enter into a musical dialogue with their teachers.

During the second half of the 19th century the first mandolin quartets and plucked string orchestras formed. This period also saw the emergence of the mandola. Within the plucked string quartet and orchestra, the mandolin carries the significance/importance of the viola in string ensembles. The fact that the mandola occurs in chamber music is still a rare phenomenon.

This recording draws an arc from the origins of the mandolin duo through to multi-colored works of the present, in which the composers explore the sonic possibilities of the mandolin and mandola duo set-ups. The instruments enter into an equal dialogue. Moreover, it is made use of the chordal possibilities as well as unusual sound creations, creating a multi-colored image of scenery, atmosphere and interaction.



Claudio Mandonico (* 1957)
1. Invenzione a due

Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757)
2. Sonata K. 159
3. Sonata K. 175
4. Sonata K. 203

Gabriele Leone (18. Jh.)
Duo Nr. 3
5. Andante
6. Allegro
7. Allegro

Pedro Chamorro (* 1961)
8. Danza del Vino

Yasuo Kuwahara (1946 - 2003)
9. Within the fence
10. Sky blue flower

Yoshinao Kobayashi (* 1961)
11. Calmly swimming
12. Abruptly jumping
13. Vigorously dancing

Daniel Huschert (* 1977)
14. Vivo
15. Lento
16. Allegro

Guitar Ensemble Kassel Academy of Music - Beyond the Rainbow

Conductor: Michael Tröster


Hansjoachim Kaps (1942 - 2004)
1. Milonga y Samba para seis

Eduardo Angulo (* 1954)
2. Después de la Iluvia ... Cristal

Hansjoachim Kaps (1942 - 2004)
3. Alcázar de San Juan

Yasuo Kuwahara (1946 - 2003)
4. Beyond the Rainbow

Hansjoachim Kaps (1942 - 2004)
5. La Anadidura

Roland Leistner-Mayer (* 1945)
Grande Suite, op. 68
6. Con moto
7. Giocoso
8. Intermezzo - molto tranquillo e cantando
9. Passionato

Philharmonisches Orchestra Erfurt - Nana

Conductor: Enrico Calesso

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Manfred Gurlitt (1890 - 1972)
Nana - Oper in 4 Acts (7 Pictures)
Text: Max Brod
After: Émile Zola
Crystal Classics - N 67 054