On April 7, 2019 I was at a concert of the SWR Sinfonie Orchester in Freiburg. The program was composed of works by Frank Zappa. It began with three pieces from the Yellow Shark project. In 1992 Frank Zappa worked together with the Ensemble Moderne to produce a concert with his works played by a classical orchestra.
The mandolin player in Freiburg was Denise Wambsgans.
The world premiere of Yellow Shark took place at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on Sept. 17, 1992. The recording of this concert is now available at youtube.
Video – The Yellow Shark 1992
The mandolin player in 1992 was Detlef Tewes. I have made some screenshots from the video showing Detlef Tewes with his mandolin and with Frank Zappa. Jürgen Ruck played guitar and banjo. This concert is really enjoyable and has some great moments, especially in the second part of the concert.
The German mandolin player Anna Torge has studied modern and historical mandolin at the music university Köln/Wuppertal with Prof. Marga Wilden-Hüsgen. Anna Torge has played two mandolin concertos in a concert of the Haydn-Festival in Brühl. This concert has been recorded by the WDR radio station and is available for streaming for a limited time.
Joseph Haydn Sinfonie d-Moll, Hob I:34
Johann Andreas Kauchlitz Konzert D-Dur für Mandoline und Streicher
Joseph Haydn Sinfonie d-Moll “Lamentatione”, Hob I:26 / Ouvertüre D-Dur zur Oper “Acide e Galatea”, Hob Ia:5
Giovanni Hoffmann Konzert D-Dur für Mandoline, Streicher, 2 Oboen und 2 Hörner
Joseph Haydn Sinfonie f-moll “La Passione”, Hob I:49
Anna Torge, Mandoline; Concerto Köln, Violine und Leitung: Markus Hoffmann
Recording from Aug. 27th 2018 Schloss Augustusburg, Brühl
The concert is available for streaming until Nov. 17 2018 on the WDR website and also on Soundcloud.
Today I have found this video (audio only) with a recording of a concert in memory of Giuseppe Anedda. The concert was given by the plectum orchestra of the Conservatory “C. Pollini” of Padua, the plectum orchestra of Breganze and the plectum orchestra “Terroni” of Brescia.
The program included a great selection of music for mandolin orchestra.
Concert in memory of Giuseppe Anedda for the centenary of his birth Music Conservatory “C. Pollini”, June 16th 2012
Track 1. Sonata in B minor Op.III n. 3 – Evaristo F. Dall’Abaco, performed by the plectum orchestra of the Conservatory “C. Pollini” of Padua
Track 2. Concert – William Babell, performed by the plectum orchestra of the Conservatory “C. Pollini” of Padua
Track 3. Concert in A minor for 2 violins, strings and harpsichord – Antonio Vivaldi, performed by theplectum orchestra of the Conservatory “C. Pollini” of Padua
Track 4. Concert in E minor RV 550 for 4 mandolins, orchestra and basso continuo – Antonio Vivaldi, performed by the plectum orchestra of Breganze
Track 5. Madrigale per mandoloncello and orchestra – Eugenio Giudici, performed by the plectum orchestra of Breganze
Track 6. Konzertstuck per accordion and orchestra – Fried Walter, performed by the plectum orchestra of Breganze
Track 7. Sinfonia Romantica for orchestra – Giuseppe Anelli, performed by the plectum orchestra of Breganze
Track 8. Concert in G major “Alla Rustica” RV 151 for strings and basso continuo – Antonio Vivaldi, performed by the plectum orchestra “Terroni” of Brescia
Track 9. Concert in B flat major RV 548 for oboe, violin, strings and basso continuo – Antonio Vivaldi, performed by the plectum orchestra “Terroni” of Brescia
Track 10. Russian Rag – Georg L. Cobb, eseguito dall’ Orchestra a plettro Terroni di Brescia
Track 11. Dicitencello Vuie – Rodolfo Falvo, performed by the plectum orchestra “Terroni” of Brescia
Track 12. Concert in B flat major for violin and orchestra – Giovan Battista Pergolesi, performed by the orchestras joined
Track 13. Czardas – Vittorio Monti, performed by the orchestras joined
Recording: Natali Giulio, Lorenzo Malavolta, Valerio Zanini Post-Production: Lorenzo Malavolta, Valerio Zanini
In the description of the video you can find links to the beginning of each of the pieces.
Francesco Mammola is a young mandolin player from Italy. He has studied in Aquila and has passed with distinction in 2015. His favorite instrument is the mandolin, but he plays the piano and the accordion as well.
During the last years he has given many concerts in Italy and whole Europe. Last year he gave a concert at the festival “Le strade d‘Europa” in Lithuania. The videos made by the local TV station are available at youtube with mandolin concertos by Caudioso, Giuliano and Vivaldi.
Playliste Francesco Mammola und Čiurlionis Quartet
Francesco Mammola, mandolin
Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė, harpsichord
ČIURLIONIS STRING QUARTET:
Jonas Tankevičius (I Violin)
Darius Dikšaitis (II Violin)
Gediminas Dačinskas (Viola)
Saulius Lipčius (Violoncello)
Filmed at the 9th International Music Festival “Le strade d‘Europa”, 12th November 2017, Vilnius
Francesco Mammola is very active as a mandolin teacher and director of youth ensembles like the Giovane Orchestra Pescolana.
In the following video he plays the famous song Tu vuò fà l’americano by Renato Carrosone to present the mandolin:
Tu vuò fà l’americano
I have made a large playlist with videos with Francesco Mammola. The playlist starts with the videos of a concert given in November 2016. Mammola plays the mandolin together with clarinet, bossoon and piano. The play Italian music with works by Ennio Morricone, Rossini, music from the movie La Vita è Bella, Carneval of Venice, a potpourri with Neapolitan folk songs and the Czardas by Vittorio Monti. The playlist includes some videos from the EXPO in Milano in 2015 where Francesco Mammola played Italian folk music together with Lino Giusti on the guitar.