Tag: Japan


Zigeunerweisen – Two great Mandolin Videos from Japan

Capriccio Zingaresco ジプシー風綺想曲 Ryo Aoyama  Mandolin マンドリン

The Capriccio Zingaresco by Enrico Marucelli is beeing played by the young Japanese mandolin player Ryo Aoyama.

Zigeunerweisen / Izumi Toru (Mandolin) , Fujii Yumi (pf)

Playlist Zigeunerweisen

I have compiled many versions of this famous piece, played by the mandolin players Izumi Toru and Onishi Kozo, by the mandolin orchestras from Madeira and  Beer Sheva (Israel), …


Additional Informationen

Free sheet music by Pablo de Sarasate at IMSLP:

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The Mandolin Orchestra Arte Tokyo – Compositions by Kenji…

I have found two new videos by the mandolin orchestra Arte Tokyo conducted by Yasunobu Inoue.

The orchestra plays two compositions by Kenji Suehiro and Daigo Marumoto.

The concert was given on June 24th, 2012.

Video 1:

末廣健児 「流星群」 ARTE TOKYO 第2回定期公演

ARTE TOKYO “meteor shower” Kenji Suehiro

Video 2:

丸本大悟 「時間の宝箱」 ARTE TOKYO 第2回定期公演

“Treasure Chest of Time” Daigo Marumoto

Additional information

youtube channel Yasunobe Inoue / Arte Tokyo

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A Concert of the Kisarazu High School Mandolin Club…

The Kisarazu High School Mandolin Club has given the 43rd regular concert in April 2012 in Kimitsu.

I have found several youtube videos of this concert.

One of my favorites is the following – Dance Suite Nr. 2

Another interesting videos shows each instrumental goup of the orchestra with a piece by this instrumental group alone to demonstrate the instruments of the mandolin orchestra:

mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, double basses, guitars:

I have collected all videos in the following playlist:


Additional Information

Wikipedia about Kimitsu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimitsu,_Chiba

Wikipedia about Kisarazu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisarazu,_Chiba


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Recordings and Videos with the Plucked Strings Quartet “Quartetto…

Some years ago I have found the website of the Japanese mandolin player Atsushi Fukuya and wrote about it in my blog. Yesterday again I landed on the website of Atsushi Fukuya and I have listened again to some of his recordings. On this occasion I searched for more information and I have found several videos with Atsushi Fukuya and the Quartetto Cantarella.

On the website you find the link Listen! which leads you to the recordings, including mandolin solos, mandolin and guitar and also recordings with a plucked strings quartet – the Quartetto Cantarella. The list includes well known works like the Csardasz by V. Monti, the Capriccio Spagnuolo by Carlo Munier, the Marche des Mandolinistes by Edouardo Mezzacapo, two mandolin solos by Giuseppe Pettine and a piece by Sivio Ranieri.

Since my last visit of the website new recordings have been added. Now you can find works by Claude Debussy and Reinhold Gliere and recordings with the Quartetto Cantarella. Those are very interesting recordings and I can recomment to download them.

On youtube several videos of the  Quartetto Cantarella can be found.

Quartetto Cantarella

The quartet is composed of 1st mandolin, 2nd mandolin,  mandola tenore  and mandocello, which produces a very interesting sound. The mandocello has a full, sonorous sound which is very different to the sound of the guitar that is typically used in European mandolin quartets.

  • Fukuya Atsushi – 1st mandolin
  • Gotoh Yuta – 2nd mandolin
  • Mine Kazuaki – mandola tenore
  • Shikada Kei – mandocello

The quartet plays arrangements of compositions by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy and modern compositions of Japanese composers.

This is the Petite Suite by Claude Debussy arranged for mandolin quartet by Atsushi Fukukya:

C. Debussy – Petite suite (カルテット・カンタレッラ)

Claude Debussy – Petite suite (Arr. Atsushi Fukuya)
played by Quartetto Cantarella

Quartetto Cantarella 公式ウェブサイト

Playlist Quartetto Cantarella mit Atsushi Fukuya

The playlist starts with a set of recordings from a recent concert, these are the first works

  • Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
  • Serenade von Ando Mayuko
  • OBORODUKIYO for Mandolin Quartet by Toshiyuki Koseki
  • Four Leaf Clover for Mandolin Quartet by Toshiyuki Koseki – four movements:

1.) Hope – Antique Sonata

2.) Honesty – Twilight Waltz

3.) Love – Madrigal

4.) Fortune – Rondo

Enjoy the  Quartetto Cantarella!

Additional Information

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MANDOJIN/videos

Homepage Atsushi Fukuya: http://fukuya-mandolin.com/index.htm

Homepage Quartetto Cantarella: http://cantarella.fukuya-mandolin.com/

Ando Mayuko official website: http://mashroomlady.music-tbox.com/info.html)

Toshiyuki Koseki – Web Site http://music.geocities.jp/t_koseki_juraundmusik/