Christina Pluhar and the Ensemble L’Arpeggiata – Theorbo, Baroque Guitar and other Plucked Instruments

Last year friend told me a bout a great concert he had visited some time ago – a concert titled “Mediterraneo” played by Christina Pluhar and the ensemble L’Arpeggiata. The ensemble used all kinds of plucked instruments including an instrument with an extremly long neck – a theorbo.

Christina Pluhar and the ensemble L’Arpeggiata have recorded several great CDs. You can find many videos from concerts from all over the world with examples from their program. I have compiled a playlist with my favorite videos.

The first video in the playlist is from a concert given in Athens, Greece. In this concert all kinds of plucked instruments have been used. This is a great example of how a concert with Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata might take place.

Playlist Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo__in0fThkjrs1VXZpStAfU

The music played by L’Arpeggiata includes old music (Via Crucis), folk music from the Mediterranean (Mediterrano), music from South America (Los Pajaros Perdidos). Instruments include the theorbo, the baroque guitar and baroque harp, oud, saz, baglama, Prtuguese guitar and other instruments. It’s really fun to watch those videos, beside the music you can see dance and movement, the musicians are very active, and you can see that they enjoy it very much to play the music.

The latest CD – Music for a While – is dedicated to the music of Henry Purcell. This might be a great recording for the friends of the Elisabethean lute music of John Dowland and Thomas Robinson. My playlist contains some of the pieces form this CD at the end.

Additional Information

Wikipedia über Christina Pluhar (German)

Wikipedia about Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata

Website L’Arpeggiata

youtube chanel of L’Arpeggiata

A related article from my blog (in German) gitarrenbank.de

Partnerlink – CDs by Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata at Amazon:

 

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet plays Mozart Quartets – Crowd Funding Project

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet has started a crowd funding campaign for their first CD. This mandolin quartet has been founded by Jacob Reuven about two years ago. It is composed of professional players of mandolin, mandola and mandolocello. The name of the quartet is derived from the instruments that all four players are playing – instruments made by Israeli luthier Arik Kerman.

Jacob Reuven is one of the important mandolin players from Israel, he has played as soloist with many orchestras. Fabio Gallucci and Vincent Beer-Demander are active mandolin players, conductors and composers based in the South of France, they have recorded several CDs as soloist and with their Nov Mandolin Ensemble. Mari Carmen Simon has studied in Spain with Caridad Simón and Pedro Chamorro, then with Juan Carlos Muñoz in the Conservatory of Music of Esch-Sur-Alzette (Luxemburg). Mari studied also Baroque Music with Agostino Cirillo.

The program of the CD will be composed of four quartets composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

  • Divertimento in D, K.136
  • “Dissonance” Quartet, K. 465
  • “A Little Night Music”, K. 525
  • Serenade Nocture, K.239

If you want to support this interesting recording project you can find the klink for the crow funding page below.

Invitation by Jacob Reuven

Dear Friends,
My quartet, The Kerman Mandolin Quartet, is about to record its first album – a CD dedicated to string quartets by Mozart. This recording is of great historical and personal importance. It is the first ever such recording done on mandolins, and is a tremendous step in promoting mandolins everywhere.
I ask you, as friends, to please take a moment and check out our crowd funding page at: http://www.ulule.com/record-mozarts-quartets/
Watch the video, share it with your friends, and hopefully also become our partner. I promise the best music possible in return.
Thank you. It really means the world to me.
Yours,
Yaki

Promo text:

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet, which bears the name of the Israeli luthier Arik Kerman, is formed of four internationally acclaimed solo mandolinists: Jacob Reuven from Israel, Fabio Gallucci from Italy, Vincent Beer-Demander from France and Mari Carmen Simon from Spain.
For the past 20 years, Arik Kerman has been collaborating with mandolinist Jacob Reuven in order to create an instrument of matchless possibilities of sound and colour. Using the knowledge and traditions of violin building, Kerman has been producing instruments that enable mandolinists to play repertoire originally written for violin and other string instruments with great success, thus helping to integrate the mandolin into the classical concert stage and significantly broaden its repertoire possibilities.?
The Kerman Mandolin Quartet’s objective is to produce new performances of pieces originally written for string quartets as well as arrangements, contemporary music and new commissions.

Playlist Kerman Mandolin Quartet

The Kerman Mandolin Quartet has published many great videos that proof the high quality of this group. I have compiled the videos in the following playlist which starts with videos of Mozart Quartets. Other pieces in the list are a concert by Antonio Vivaldi, Contrapunctus 1 from the Art of the Fugue by J. S. Bach, Asturias by Isaak Albeniz, Movements from the string quartet Mishima by Philip Glass, and finally some tango compositions by Astor Piazzolla. At the end of the playlist you can find an interview with Jacob Reuven.

Additional Information

 

 

 

Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall – Carmel Bach Festival 2014 – Bach, Vivaldi and Choro

Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall have played a concert at the Carmel Bach Festival in 2014. A set of youtube videos from this concert is available. You can hear the concerto for oboe and violin BWV 1060 by J. S. Bach, two concert by  Antonio Vivaldi and as a great finale the choro Santa Morena.

Caterina Lichtenberg plays on a broque mandolin and on her German bowlback mandolin.

Have fun with Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall!

Playlist Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall – Carmel Bach Festival 2014

Additional Information

Website Carmel Bach Festival

Artcicle about the program of the Carmel Bach Festival : Carmel Bach Festival 2014

Partnerlink – CD Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike Marshall at Amazon

 

A Concert with the TonArt Quartet – With Natalja Korsak and Nikolai Maretzky

The TonArt Quartet is a profesional mandolin ensemble composed of

  • Sabine Marz – mandolin
  • Natalia Korsak – mandolin
  • Nicholas Maretsky – mandola
  • Marina Romeyko – piano

This quartet has given a concert in the Philharmony in Minsk on October 24th 2014. A set of videos from this concert is available at youtube.

The TonArt quartet has played a program of works by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Raffaele Calace, Mikis Theodorakis, Yasuo Kuwahara.

As a part of this concert obviously there was also a performance by the new mandolin- and guitar-ensemble EXPRESSION, one video shows this mandolin orchestra with a piece composed by Claudio Mandolico.

Playlist TonArt Quartet

Program:

  • Sirtaki – Mikis Theodorakis
  • Ouvertüre from I Gitonia ton Angelon (Viertel der Engel, Kambanellis) – Mikis Theodorakis
  • “Stomp” – Claudio Mandonico (Guitar Mandolin Orchestra EXPRESSION)
  • Sabre Dance – Aram Khachaturian
  • Slavian Dance No. 2 – Antonin Dvorak
  • Hungarian Dance No. 1 in g-minor – Johannes Brahms.
  • Saltarello – Raffaele Calace
  • Dance of the fire – Yasuo Kuwahara
  • Saltarello from the Italian Symphony – F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
  • Mikis Theodorakis Popular Orchestra “I Gitonia Ton Aggelon” Instrumental (Live) (to compare with the arrangement by the TonArt quartet)

Additional Information

youtube channel Bouroff with more videos featuring balalaika, domra and mandolin

youtube channel Sabine Marzé

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