Author: Michael Reichenbach

competition

ARTE International Mandolin Festival & Competition – Tokyo 2022

The 12th ARTE International Mandolin Festival & Competition took place in October 2022.

Roi Dayan from Israel won the first prize, Marine Moletto from France won the second prize, and Dilyara Sagdeeva from Russia won the 3rd prize.

Results of the 2022 Competition

Videos from performances of the winners and participants are now available. This is a great occasion to see and hear the best mandolin players from the World and to hear some of the best compositions for mandolin.

Roi Dayan – Finale

2:38 C.Domeniconi / Ant-Asia
8:30 Avner Dorman / Mandolin Cocerto
Piano : Nozomi ASAHARA

Roi Dayan – Semi Finale

Piano: Nozomi ASAHARA
00:52 R.Calace/Prelude X
07:30 P.Sarasate/Carmen Fantasy

Marine Moletto – Final

1:05 G.Leone/Air No.4 “L’avez vous vu mon bien aime”
10:57 C.Domeniconi/Loco nox
18:13 Y.Kuwahara/Improvised Poem

Marine Moletto – Semifinal

00:21 R.Calace/Prelude X
07:55 J.Nakano/Fantasia No.2 op.43

Dilyara SAGDEEVA(Russia) – Semifinal

00:39 R.Calace/Prelude X
07:34 Y.Kuwahara/Improvised Poem

More videos from the 2022 event are available in the youtube channel

CD

Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin

Charlotte Kaiser, a young mandolin player from Germany, has just published her first album “Poems for Mandolin”

Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin

The album begins with the Concertinho Colibri by Hamilton de Holanda in an arrangement for mandolin and piano. This concertinho has been published by Vincent Beer-Demander at Les Productions d’Oz. Charlotte Kaiser has studied with Beer-Demander in Belgium for one year. Hamilton de Holanda is one of the leading bandolim players in Brazil. He has enhanced the mandolin technique for Choro and Jazz and now as well the classical mandolin with his Concertinho.

Ochiana by Heinrich Konietzny, dedicated to Takashi Ochi, is a virtuoso piece, a solo piece for the mandolin that is rarely played. Charlotte Kaiser plays this with vituosity and emotion. In this piece you can hear the many different sounds of the mandolin – from the slightest piano to a fierce metallico, from a soft tremolo to duo style, chords and dissonant sounds. Charlotte Kaiser has made a video for the CMSA convention in 2021.

Heinrich Konietzny – Ochiana
Romance d’Erbalonga – Vincent Beer-Demander

I had never heard the Sonatina Tritematica by Luciano Chailly before. The reason for this might be, that pieces for mandolin and piano are not played very often. Maybe that this recording helps that this interesting composition is played more often.

Two pieces by Raffaele Calace are included as well, XVI. Preludio for mandola solo and Notturno – Cielo Stellato for mandolin solo.

With the variations on „La Fürstemberg“ by Anton Riggieri Charlote Kaiser shows the virtuoso techniques that have been used in the 18th century on the mandolin.

The compositions by Yasuo Kuwahara are performed very often. Charlotte Kaiser play Improvised Poem as the last piece of the album. There is a video of Improvised Poem as well.

Yasuo Kuwahara – Improvised Poem

I have enjoyed the album poems for mandolin by Charlotte Kaiser very much. The program is many-sided and varied, with well known pieces and some uncommon compositions. Pieces for mandolin and piano, mandolin solo and mandola solo complement each other. This is a recording that is not only interesting for insiders, but also good for creating interest in the music for mandolin and mandola.

Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin – back side

The album is available frm CHarlotte Kaiser. You can find detailed information on the website,

Mandolin

Orii Mandolin Project – Duo Style Mandolin

Carlo Munier is one of the important composers for the mandolin. In his book “Il Nuovo Stile dei Duetti per mandolino solo, Op.278 ” he has studied the possibilities of the duo style for the mandolin. I have now found a video of the 1a. Fantasia from this collection, a great performance by the Japanese mandolinist Kiyosumi Orii.


The sheet music for this book by Munier is available as free doenload in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP):

https://imslp.org/wiki/Il_Nuovo_Stile_dei_Duetti_per_mandolino_solo%2C_Op.278_(Munier%2C_Carlo)

Introduction

Munier uses two staffs for the notation of this fantasia to make clear that it sounds as if two mandolins are playing. Here is the beginning of the Fantasia.

Beginning of the 1a. Fantasia
concert

40 Years Mülheimer Zupforchester – Anniversary Concert

The Mülheimer Zupforchestra is one of the best mandolin orchestras in Germany. The anniversary concert for 40 years has been filmed and is available as a youtube video.

The orchestra is conducted by Dominik Hackner.

The program included well known compositions like the suite Für Wolfgang by Leopold Mozart and the Song of the Japanese Autumn by Yasuo Kuwahara, but also many knew works and premieres.

Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) Für Wolfgang – Suite Nr. VIII d-Moll – (03:23) 1. Angloise 2. Menuett I 3. Fantasia 4. Menuett II 5. Mourqui

Owen Hartford (ca. *1950) Urban Sketches – (11:18) 1. Circuits 2. Underground 3. Walk About 4. Fast Lane

Jürgen Klose (*1946) Summertrip für Zupforchester – (19:47) 1. Rondo 2. Ostinato 3. Tatry

Aris Alexander Blettenberg (*1994) HELLAS – Suite alla greca – (34:05) „Für meine Zupferfamilie, das Mülheimer Zupforchester, zum 40-jährigen Bestehen“ I. Hymnos II. Syrtaki III. Zeimbekiko IV. Kalamatianos URAUFFÜHRUNG Dirigent: Karsten Richter

PAUSE

Aris Alexander Blettenberg (*1994) und Dominik Hackner (*1968) Suite aus der Zaubermandoline – (46:36)

Dominik Hackner (*1968) Asrael – (55:31) op. 69 URAUFFÜHRUNG

Stefan Hippe (*1966) SMS zum Jubilee – (1:06:11) „Dem Mülheimer Zupforchester zum 40-jährigen Jubiläum 2020 und Dominik Hackner eine SMS (Short Music Story)“ URAUFFÜHRUNG

Yasuo Kuwahara (*1946) Song of Japanese Autumn (Shoshu-no-Uta) – (1:09:47)

ZUGABEN – (1:23:30)


Some pieces from the concert are also available as single youtube videos.

More information about the orchestra and its activities can be found on the website of the orchestra.