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Celtic Connections 2017 – A Great Festival for Celtic…

Celtic Connections is one of the biggest festival for Celtic Music. This year more than 2000 artists took part in the festival from 21 Jan – 5 Feb 2017

Many of my favorite artists and bands were part of the festival:

  • Kathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Derek Gripper
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Maro O’Connor with his Family Band
  • Jayme Stone
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Hamilton de Holanda
  • Laura Marling
  • Julie Fowlis
  • Eliza Carthy
  • Wildwood Kin
  • Mike Compton

And I had the chance to find some gret new bands that I did not know before:

  • Slododan Trkulja and Balkanopolis
  • Breabach
  • Darlingside
  • Atlantic Arc Orchestra
  • Karan Casey Band
  • Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan
  • Talisk

I have collected videos from the Celtic Connections 2017 in the following playlist. Enjoy!

Playlist Celtic Connections 2017

Additional information

Website Celtic Connections

BBC Celtic Connections – Audio and video performances from the BBC at Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections – Program overview (folkradio.co.uk)

Link collection Celtic Connections

 

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Abbate Ranieri Capponi – Sonata 8 for Mandolin and…

One of my favorite Baroque pieces for mandolin and guitar is the Sonata 8 by Abbate Ranieri Capponi. I have found videos with Katsia Prakopcyk, Marissa Carroll, Natalia Marashova, Camilla Finardi and Sebastián Vera at youtube. You can also download a podcast with a recording by Caterina Lichtenberg  from the site of the Spanish Radio RTVE.

  • Duo La Corda: Katsia Prakopchyk, mandolin, Jan Skryhan, guitar
  • Natalia Marashova – Barock Mandolin, Denis Ivanov – Harpsichord.
  • ‘PlettroMano’ (https://www.facebook.com/PlettroMano) – Marissa Carroll and Joel Woods
  • Duo “Le Gentil Dame”: Mandolino: Camilla Finardi, Violoncello: Daniela Santamaura.
  • Sebastián Vera (bandola) y Luis Hernández (guitarra) aus Kolumbien

Playliste Sonata 8 – Abbate Ranieri Capponi

Podcast with Caterina Lichtenberg and Mirko Schrader (Duetto Giocondo) – Spanish Radio RTVE

SIGNORELLI: Sonata para mandolina y laúd (9’20”).

CAPPONI: Sonata para mandolina y laúd (11’17”). Duetto Giocondo.

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Giacomo Sartori – Armonie Alpine – Omaggio a Trento…

Giacomo Sartori is one of the important Italian composers of mandolin orchestra music. The works by Sartori have become public domain in 2017 – 70 years after his death in 1946.

Some works by Sartori have belonged to the repertoir of almost every mandolin orchestra, especially the waltz Tramonto and the Potpourri Popolare are great works in the typical Italian style of mandolin music of the early 20th century.

A biography of Giacomo Sartori can be found on the website of the mandolin orchestra Euterpe.

I have started to make scans of the works by G. Sartori that I own, at the moment the following two compositions are available in the Petrucci Library. I have found videos with performances of the two pieces:

Omaggio a trento

Actuación de la Orquesta de Plectro “Torre del Alfiler” en el XII Festival Internacional de Plectro Ciudad de Valladolid.
Omaggio a Trento, de Mario Giacomo Sartori.

 

Armonie Alpine

The mandolin orchestra Aurora from Vacallo in Switzerland was founded in 1926 by master Vittorio Pozzi. The video was recorded in 1981.

TRIBUTO a Vittorio Pozzi & ensamble AURORA di Vacallo.(CH)
Video del concerto eseguito nella chiesa di Santa Croce a Vacallo 1981: diretto dal maestro VITTORIO POZZI . Il circolo mandolinistico è un complesso del basso TICINO ha origini lontanissime, costituito nel 1926, quando alcuni giovani appassionati di mandolino e chitarra furono riuniti ed istruiti dal maestro VITTORIO POZZI denominata ORCHESTRA AURORA. Il Video è un raro documento che ben poche orchestre lo possono vantare per la data 1981 registrato su apparecchiature browcast.

Free sheet music available in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP)

(the scores are also available from my website – see below)

I will add more scans of works by Giacomo Sartori during the next months. If you can contribute scores to be scanned please contact me!

Additional information

with additional information about Giacomo Sartori, the competition and pictures. The 6th International Competition Giacomo Sartori for mandolin orchestras, mandolin quartets and mandolin & guitar duets will take place April 21 – 23 2017 in Ala in Italy.

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Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra – Since 1900 – Ragtime, Vivaldi,…

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has continuously existed since 1900 – that’s more than 100 years. It is the longest existing mandolin orchestra in the USA and certainly one of the longest existing mandolin orchestras in the world. Early in the 20th century up to eight mandolin orchestras existed in Milwaukee, there were composers for mandolin orchestras and luthiers who built mandolins, mandolas and guitars. Today the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is the only one that has survived.

In recent years the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra was very active again and this year the Classical Mandolin Society of America will hold the yearly convention in Milwaukee.

I have compiled a playlist of videos with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra below. On the youtube channel you can find the following short introduction video:

Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Introduction Video

Pictures from more than 100 years of Mandolin Music in Milwaukee

Playlist Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

Enjoy the playlist with Ragtimes, Fats Waller songs, musical and opera melodies and classical selections by Antonio Vivaldi or Johann Sebastian Bach!

 

Additional Information

Wilwaukee Mandolin Orchestra at youtube

Website Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

The Bonne Amie Musical Circle, under the performance name “Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra (MMO),” is the oldest fretted-instrument music organization in the United States.

The Orchestra plays music arranged for 1st and 2nd mandolin, mandola, mando-cello, guitar, flute, mando-bass, percussion and voice. The MMO was organized in Milwaukee in 1900 and has been in continuous operation in this city since that time.

Led by Music Director Rene Izquierdo, the MMO’s repertoire centers on the best in traditional American mandolin orchestra music (waltzes, tangos, marches and polkas) plus light classical, modern, Italian and Latin numbers. We regularly perform our unique repertoire at music festivals and concert halls around Wisconsin and occasionally outside the State of Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Plays On, 114 Years Later

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has been making music since 1900. It is the oldest fretted instrument organization in the country.

In the 114 years of its existence, the orchestra has performed countless times – including twice on the very popular public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.

Summer Sound: Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and The Painted Caves

But the 15 or so players in the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra—the number varies by performance based on players’ availability—don’t all play mandolins. According to manager (and mandolinist) Ruth Williams, the group also includes mandola, mando-cello, guitar, bass, and voice. At the farmers market this month, local baritone Rick Kieffer will sing a number of songs with the group.

Their repertoire, as you might expect from a group called the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, is mostly classical and traditional compositions written or arranged for mandolin orchestra. In particular, they’ll be playing some Italian pieces featuring Kieffer.