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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,

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John Reischman – New Time & Old Acoustic

John Reischman has published his new CD “New Time & Old Acoustic” recently.

John Reischman has always impressed me with his soft and clear sound. On his new album John has compiled a set of new original compositions together with covers of traditional tunes.

Youtube playlist:

You can also listen to the CD and buy the CD or a digital download at bandcamp.com.

John Reischman gave an interview to the Mandolin Cafe

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Federico Maddaluno plays Costantino Bertucci – Works for Mandolin

Playlist Federico Maddaluno – Costantino Bertucci – Chamber Music with Mandolin, Guitar and Piano

Federico Maddaluno is a young mandolin player from Napoli. He has produced an album with music composed by Costantino Bertucci. Bertucci has composed 24 Fantasies for mandolin solo and many other compositions. The complete playlist is available as a youtube playlist.

Sheet music for the compositions played by Federico Maddaluno are now available on the new online shop by Carlo Aonzo.

The soloworks for mandolin by Bertucci have also been published in an edition by Emanuele Capelotto by Armelin Musica in Italy

Preludio X by Raffaele Calace – Federico Maddaluno

In the archive of the mandolin orchestra Circolo Mandolinistico Costantino Bertucci you can find free sheet music for two pieces, Notturno and Danza di Bimbi by Costantino Bertucci.

Live Performance with Federico Maddaluno “Napoli Suono Ancora”

I have found another recording of the Notturno by C. Bertucci, a recording by Richard Walz.

Notturno by Costantino Bertucci – Played by Richard Walz
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Rossini: Overtures arranged for Mandolin Quintet

The Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda” has recorded an album with ouvertures by Rossini arranged for mandolin quintet.

  • Quintetto a Plettro “Giuseppe Anedda”
  • Emanuele Buzi mandolin
  • Norberto Gonçalves da Cruz mandolin
  • Valdimiro Buzi mandola
  • Andrea Pace guitar
  • Emiliano Piccolini contrabass

The complete first track, the ouverture from “L’Italiana in Algeri” can be seen in the following promotion video:

Screenshot from the website of the Quintetto a PLettro “Giuseppe Anedda”

The Rossini anniversary of 2018 presented an opportunity to shed new light on these familiar works, but in a form that the composer himself would have recognised. This long-established mandolin quintet took a mix of old and newly commissioned arrangements and toured them across Italy to great success before making the present recording. The quintet takes its name from the mandolin virtuoso Giuseppe Anedda (1912-97) who popularised the instrument throughout his native Italy with his own ensemble and established for it a place in classical concert halls and modern works beyond the ‘early music revival’ of the 50s and 60s. He took part in pioneering recordings of Vivaldi and early performances of Stravinsky’s Agon. 

They commissioned Michele Di Filippo to arrange the first four overtures on this album: L’Italiana in Algeri (1813), Il Viaggio a Reims (1825), La Cenerentola (1817) and La Scala di Seta (1812). The other four overtures are from Il Signor Bruschino (1813), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), Tancredi (1813) and La Gazza Ladra (1817), for which the quintet performs from transcriptions made and published in the first half of the 20th century by Mario Macchioci and Enrico Marucelli. All the arrangements preserve the heady excitement of the famous ‘Rossini crescendo’ as well as the chamber-like dialogue between wind and strings in the original scores. 

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