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Steffen Trekel (Mandolin) and Michael Tröster (Guitar) – Complete…

Steffen Trekel and Michael Tröster have travelled to Japan several times and given concert.

A complete concert from Oct. 2013 can be found at youtube. The duo Trekel Tröster is joyned by the Japanese guitarist Yoshinobu Hara in some of the pieces.

The concert took place in the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. The introductions to the pieces were translated from German to Japanese by Ayako Kojima, a Japanese mandolin player who studied in Germany for some time.

Konzert – Senzoku Gakuen College of Music – Silver Mountain B1F, Oct. 12, 2013

“SILVER MOUNTAIN OPENING CONCERT”

  • Yoshinobu Hara (Gitarre)
  • Michael Tröster (Gitarre)
  • Stefan Trekel (Mandoline)

■ Program ■

00:56 – Trio / Joseph Haydn (Duo Trekel-Tröster + Yoshinobu Hara)

17:30 – Introduction
19:50 – Sonate G-Dur K.91 / Domenico Scarlatti (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

29:33 – Introduction
31:11 – Asturias und Sevilla / Isaac Albeniz (Michael Tröster)

44:15 – Introduction
45:34 – Capriccio Spagnuolo op.276 / Carlo Munier (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

53:42 – Variaciones sobre un tema de Mozart op.9 / Fernando Sor (Yoshinobu Hara)

1:03:51 – Introduction
1:06:24 – Collagen / Klaus Wüsthoff (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

1:16:45 – Introduction
1:17:59 – Sonata / Keigo Fujii (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

1:31:13 – Prayer – Frederic Hand (Duo Trekel-Tröster)

1:37:24 – Encore – Trio von Haydn (Duo Trekel-Tröster + Yoshinobu Hara)

 

 

Additional information

youtube channel Duo Trekel Tröster

Website Steffen Trekel: http://www.steffen-trekel.de

Steffen Trekel counts among the leading mandolinists and mandolin pedagogues of our time. He studied mandolin private with Detlef Tewes as well as with Professor Marga Wilden-Huesgen at the Academy of Music at Cologne, and is the prize winner in many national and international competitions. As a soloist, with diverse casts of chamber music, as well as with renowned orchestras, he travelled on numerous concert tours throughout Germany and many other countries worldwide.

Steffen Trekel has been active as a university lecturer for mandolin and methodology at theHamburger Konservatorium since 1995 and, in addition, teaches at the Kreismusikschule Herzogtum Lauenburg. His teaching activity extends from early instrumental instruction to the more advanced education of students. The successes of his students at competitions are reflected in the outstanding reputation he enjoys as pedagogue.

Website Michael Tröster: http://www.michael-troester.de/

Michael Tröster who teaches at Kassel Academy of Music , was born in 1956 and studied under Gerhard Vogt. He continued his studies at music academies in Frankfurt, Würzburg and Basel and was a student of the well-known German guitarist, Siegfried Behrend.
After winning numerous national and international competitions e.g. the “Deutschen Musikwettbewerb” (the German Music Competition), or the “International Villa-Lobos Competition” in Milan, it was not long before he embarked on his international concert career.

Website of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music

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Ensemble Hikari 光 live on German TV – Denise…

The Ensemble Hikari 光 has been invited to the show „Kaffee oder Tee?“ (coffee or tea?) of the German TV Station SWR on January 3rd, 2014. Now three videos have been made available at youtube.

The ensemble has been founded by mandolin players from Germany and Japan and it aims to make music by Japanese composers better known in Germany by their performances. In the TV show they played three pieces by Japanese composers Takashi Yuasa, Goshi Yoshida and Kunisaku Sakai.

 

The members of the ensemble Hikari are Denise Wambsganß (Germany, mandolin), Yasuyoshi Naito (Japan, mandolin), Hirotaka Nozaki (Japan, mandola), Michael Schwitzke (guitar) and Leo Ruf (percussion). Yasuyoshi Naito is a luthier for mandolins who has been living and working in Germany since the 1980s. He has built the Cremonese mandolin (four single strings) that is played by himself, as well as the mandola.

“Welcome to Café Mandolin” by Takashi Yuasa

“Black Rain” or “Fallen Angel” by Goshi Yoshida

World Premiere “Hikari 2014” by Kunisaku Sakai

Additional Information

Website Ensemble Hikari / Denise Wambsganß

Website Yasuyoshi Naito

Website Marionette / Goshi Yoshida

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Salvatore Falbo Giangreco – Compositions for Mandolin Orchestra

The compositions by Salvatore Falbo Giangreco are very popular in Japan. Falbo reached the 6th position in an evaluation of the most played composers by mandolin orchestras in Japan ( Auswertung über die meistgespielten Komponisten bei japanischen Mandolinenorchestern ).

I have found many videos of works via Falbo, mostly played by Japanese mandolin orchestras. In this post I want to present the works by Salvatore Falbo Giangreco.

Ouverture in Re min

The first video in the following playklist is a recording with the orchestra Arte Tokyo conducted by Yasunobe Inoue. This orchestra playes a longer version of the Ouverture in D minor which has been edited from the original score. The following videos show the official version of this often played ouverture.

 

Suite Campestre

Danza a vespro – Serenatella – Alba di Festa

The third movement “Alba die Festa” has been played in the All Japan Mandolin Competition – the third video shows a compilation of many performances of this 3rd movement from the competition.

 

Spagna – Suite in four movements

Serenata Castigliana – Jota e Canzone (the second and third movement are played together as one movement) – Bolero

Serenata for mandolin and piano

Intermezzo

Serenata Zingaresca (postum)

 

Quartetto a plettro

Allegro deciso – Andantino sustenuto – Scherzo – Canzone e Finale

 

Biografie (ital.)

SALVATORE FALBO-GIANGRECO [AVOLA 1872 – AVOLA 1927]

Nacque ad Avola in provincia di Siracusa e fin dall’infanzia ebbe un irresistibile trasporto per la musica. A diciotto anni il maestro Pietro Antonino Tasca di Noto gli insegnò l’armonia. A Palermo ebbe il primo maestro di contrappunto in Giorgio Miceli, allora direttore del quel Regio Conservatorio.

Due anni dopo, quando fu nominato direttore del conservatorio il maestro Guglielmo Zuelli egli ebbe la fortuna di esservi ammesso come alunno esterno, avendo a maestri Casi e Stroncone per il pianoforte, Favara per il contrappunto e fuga e Zuelli per la composizione.

In meno di due anni svolse tutti i programmi e nell’ottobre del 1896 sostenne brillantemente gli esami di licenza di pianoforte, composizione, contrappunto e fuga, ottenendo un ottimo diploma per una scena lirica a grande orchestra ed una fuga a cinque voci.

Cinque mesi dopo vinceva per concorso il posto di direttore della banda musicale di Nicosia, dove dimorò per tre anni. Però la sua mente fu sempre rivolta ala composizione.

Ed egli scrisse in quel tempo: un Kyrie Eleison a cinque voci con organo, stile severo, premiato con una medaglia al concorso del giornale La Scaramucccia di Firenze; una Lirica per archi ed una Romanza per violino e pianoforte, lavori premiati con diploma allo stesso concorso; una Ouvertura di stile classico, premiata al concorso Lapini, ed acquistata e pubblicata dallo stesso editore.

Chiamato a dirigere la banda del suo paese vi si recò; ed anche là, contemporaneamente all’opera di direttore, esplicò quella di compositore.

Frutto della quale furono i seguente lavori: un’opera in un atto, Intermezzo Pompadour ,su parole di F. Amato, rappresentata al teatro Garibaldi di Avola; una serenata per violino e pianoforte, vincitrice del premio del Ministero di P. I. al concorso del Plettro di Milano; una lirica per violino e piano, ed una Ave Maria premiate con medaglie d’oro al concorso dell’editore Venturi di Bologna e pubblicate dallo stesso; una romanza, Per morin, su versi del noto poeta Luigi Orsini, vincitrice del primo premio al concorso bandito dal Liceo musicale Gasperini di Genova ed edita dalla casa Carish e Jänichen; un’operetta La Favola della Principessa vincitrice del secondo premio di lire seicento al concorso dell’editore Gori di Torino; una suite in tre tempi premiata con medaglia d’oro al 3° concorso del Plettro di Milano e quivi eseguita dalla Filarmonica Paisiello; un’Ouverture vincitrice del primo premio al 4° concorso del Plettro ed eseguita nel settembre 1912 come pezzo d’obbligo al concorso di Bergamo dal “Club Armonia” di Trento dalla “Estudiantine Monegasque” di Monaco e dalla Società “La Filarmonica” di Torino.

Translation to German:

SALVA FALBO-Giangreco [Avola 1872 – AVOLA 1927]

Er wurde in Avola in der Provinz Syracuse geboren und zeigte bereits in seiner Kindheit eine unwiderstehliche Leidenschaft für die Musik. Mit achtzehn bekam er Unterricht in Harmonielehre bei Meister Pietro Antonino Tasca. In Palermo bekam er den ersten Unterricht im Kontrapunkts von Giorgio Miceli, der damals Direktor dieses königlichen Konservatoriums war.

Zwei Jahre später, als Guglielmo Zuelli Direktor des Konservatoriums wurde, wurde er als externer Schüler zugelassen. Klavierunterricht bekam er von den Meistern Casi und Stroncone, Kontrapunkt und Fuge bei Favera und Komposition bei Zuelli.

In weniger als zwei Jahren absolvierte er die gesamte Ausbildung und legte im Oktober 1896 die Prüfungen für Klavier, Komposition, Kontrapunkt und Fuge ab, dabei erhielt er ein hervorragendes Zeugnis für eine Lyrische Szene für großes Orchester und eine fünfstimmige Fuge.

Fünf Monate danach gewann er den Wettbewerb für den Posten des Direktors der Stadtmusik von Nikosia, wo er drei Jahre lang lebte. Daneben beschäftigte er sich aber ständig mit dem Komponieren.

In dieser Zeit komponierte er: ein Kyrie Eleison fünf Stimmen mit Orgel, in strengen Stil, prämiert mit eine Medaille im Wettbewerb der Zeitung La Scaramucccia von Florenz; eine Lyrische Komposition für Streicher und eine Romanze für Violine und Klavier, ebenfalls mit einem Diplom des gleichen Wettbewerb ausgezeichnet; eine Ouverture im klassischen Stil die im Lapini Wettbewerb ausgezeichnet und im selben Verlag veröffentlicht wurde.

Er wurde zurück in seine Heimatstadt gerufen um dort die Musikkapelle zu leiten; gleichzeitig übernahm er dort den Posten als Direktor und Komponist an der Oper.

Aus dieser Tätgkeit entsanden die folgenden Werke: eine Oper in einem Akt, Intermezzo Pompadour, nach einem Libretto von F. Amato, aufgeführt im Theater Garibaldi in Avola; eine Serenade für Violine und Klavier, Gewinner des Ministeriums für P. I. im Wettbewerb von Il Plettro von Mailand; ein Gedicht für Violine und Klavier, und ein Ave Maria erhielt Goldmedaillen im Wettbewerb des Herausgebers Venturi in Bologna und wurd dort veröffentlicht; eine Romanze, Per Morin, auf Verse des berühmten Dichters Luigi Orsini, der den ersten Preis im Wettbewerb für Musikkapellen am Konservatorium Gasperini Genua organisiert und bei Carish & Jänichen veröffentlicht wurde; eine Operette La Favola della Principessa gewann den zweiten Preis von £ 600 im Wettbewerb der Herausgeber Gori aus Turin; eine Suite in drei Sätzen ausgezeichnet mit der Goldmedaille beim 3. Wettbewerb Il Plectro von Mailand und anschliessend aufgeführt von der Philharmonie Paisiello ; eine Ouvertüre gewann den ersten Preis beim 4. Wettbewerb von Il Plettro und wurde im September 1912 als Pflichtstück im Wettbewerb von Bergamo vom “Club Armonia” von Trient, von der “Estudiantine Monegasque” aus Monaco und von der Gesellschaft “La Filarmonica” aus Turin aufgeführt .

Biografie (ital.)

Salvatore Falbo (1872-1927) (Falbo Giangreco Salvatore – Compositore e Capo·musica; nato nel 1872 in Avola (Siracusa), vi morì l’8 aprile 1927, quale direttore di quella Banda, come prima aveva diretto quella di Nicosa. Allievo del conservatorio di Palermo compì gli studi di composizione con i maestri Favara e Zuelli, diplomandosi nel 1896 col presentare agli esami finali una Scena lirica per grande orchestra, e una Fuga a 5 voci. È autore di musica orchestrale (Ouverture, Suite, Intermezzo); Lirica per archi; Pezzi per violino e pianoforte (Romanza, Lirica, Serenata); l’opera in un atto Pompadour, libretto di F. Amato (Avola Tr. Garibaldi); l’operetta La Favola della Principessa. / Carlo Schmidl, Dizionario Universale dei Musicisti, Appendice al primo e secondo volume, Casa editrice Sonzogno, Milano, 1938

♦ Irresistibile (Fox Trot) per 2 mandolini e chitarra, included in the magazine IL PLETTRO June/1924, Alessandro Vizzari, Milano

 

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Azzurro by Daigo Marumoto (Japan) – Compositions for Mandolin…

Recently I have listened to videos of the composition Azzurro for solo mandolin by Daigo Marumoto. This is a nice, dreamy composition for the mandolin, and so there are quite some videos of this composition played by the best Japanese mandolin players.

My favorite video besides the version by Masataka Hori at the beginning of the playlist is the following – with some reverb added to the sound which makes it sound like played in a big hall – and you can see the right hand of the player very well:

There is also a video where this piece is played on a mandola. The mandolin solo version by Tatiana Cro – one of the few mandolin players not from Japan in this playlist – is also very good, but the sound is very noisy, so it is not much fun to listen to it with headphones…

Daigo Marumoto has also composed two versions of Azzurro for mandolin orchestra. This is the fantastic, incredible version with the Japanese mandolin orchestra Arte Mandolinistica conducted by Yasunobo Inoue:

丸本大悟 / AZZURRO /ARTE MANDOLINISTICA+ARTE TOKYO

You can find the mandolin orchestra versions also in my playlist, including the video played by the GCEA mandolin orchestra from Madeira which plays only the second part.

Playlist Azzurro by Daigo Marumoto

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo8_wxc7Ggiw3t1fI9lUa0kB

Additional Information

There is a short discussion about this piece in the Mandolin Cafe Message Board: Daigo Marumoto

The sheet music for this piece is only available in Japan – unfortunately…