Category: Mandolin


Raffaele Calace – Concerto for Mandolin – Katsia Prakopchyk…

The concerto op. 113 by Raffele Calace is my favorite romantic mandolin concerto since I have heard it on the CD with Alison Stephens and Steven Devine. This is a real masterpice by Raffaele Calace, and it is good, that this concerto ist played by the best mandolin players of today in their concerts.

Yesterday I have found several very good videos with this concerto.

This concerto was composed for mandolin and piano, but it can also be played with a full orchestra like in the first Video.

The first video is from a concert with Katsia Prakopchyk (mandolin) and the Minsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

Katsia Prakopchyk – biographical notes from her homepage:

was born in 1979 in Babruisk (Belarus). At the age of nine, she started to play the domra with Tatjana Varava and Jaraslau Valasiuk. After her first domra/mandolin studies with Nikolai Maretzki at the belarussian music academy in Minsk, she came to the university of music Cologne. There, a decisive influence on her musical development was Prof. Marga Wilden-Hüsgen with whom she finished her artistic instrumental education with distinction for the instruments mandolin and baroque mandolin. Under Prof. Caterina Lichtenberg she passed her concert examination.

More videos with Katsy Prakopchyk including some videos with barock mandolin can be found in the youtube channel

Raffaele Calace Concerto 0p. 113 Marziale

Katsia Prakopchyk plays Raffaele Calace Concerto 0p. 113 Marziale with Minsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conductor Peter Vandilovsky 2009

Another very good recording of the complete concerto in the original version with piano accompanyment was made by Japanese mandolinist Kozo Onishi, winner of the 17th competition for mandolin of the Japan Mandolin Union in 2001.

Mandolin Concerto No.1 1st mov. (R.Calace) LIVE

Mandolin Concerto No.1 2nd mov. (R.Calace) LIVE

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Love Song (C. Munier) LIVE – Kozo Onishi –…

Kozo Onishi has published a video with a recording of the Love Song by Carlo Munier. This is a typical piece of the romantic mandolin repertoir of the late 19th century, and together with the Capriccio Spagnuolo one of the best pieces by C. Munier for the mandolin.

The Love Song contains many special romantic picking techniques like tremolo over all four strings with full chords and the duo style technique, with tremolo and a staccata at the same time.

This interesting recording was made from a concert in 2008

youtube channel of Kozo Onishi:



Juggling with Musical Instruments – Ukulele and Mandolin

Ukuleles and mandolins are small instruments, and they behave similar to the clubs used for juggling. So it is no surprise, that ukuleles and mandolins are used for juggling tricks.

Warning: Do not try those tricks with your expensive vintage koa ukulele – if you want to learn this you should try to get some very cheap ukuleles 😉

The German duo extra art has a very special trick with a total of 6 ukuleles. The two jugglers juggle with the ukes and at the same time play the tune Asturias on the instruments. It is almost unbelievable, but you can see it in the following video:


David Cain has made a video with some ukulele juggling trick for the Bushman Ukulele Contest:

David Cain: Ukulele Juggling Tricks

A video with a juggler using a mandolin can be found in the online archive of British Pathé:


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LA SEXTA BASICA – Music from Venezuela with Mandolin

I have dicovered this video already some time ago, and I heard it again today. La Sexta Basica is a group composed of typical Venezuelan plucked instruments and a singer. They play a very interesting mix of traditional Venezuelan music with a modern sound.

These are very good examples of how to use plucked instruments in a group with a singer. Enjoy the videos!

Pueblos Tristes – La Sexta Basica-Musica Venezolana

“Pueblos tristes” original de Otilio Galindez interpretado por La Sexta Basica en Lunacreciente Studios.Caracas, Venezuela.
La Sexta Básica son:
Guitarra, voz y dirección: Pablo Escalona
Guitarra: José Manuel Cardona
Mandolina y Bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Mandolina y voz: Roselyn Rondón
Cuatro y voz: Lilian Córdova



Aqui esta el indio – La Sexta basica-bandola llanera -pajarillo

La Sexta basica, grupo de musica venezolana contemporanea.

Director, guitarra y voz: Pablo Escalona
Mandolina: Roselyn Rondon.
cuatro:Liliam Cordova
guitarra: Jose Manuel cardona
bandola llanera: Mariana Cardona
Contrabajo: Jesus Milano

El Diablo Suelto – Guitar Music of Venezuela CD (Amazon partnerlink)