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Modern Mandolin Quartet – Some Great Videos 1985 /…

Today I have watched some videos with the Modern Mandolin Quartet from the early days of this ensemble with Mike Marshall. I think those videos belong to the best videos with a mandolin quartet – composed of  two mandolins, mandola and a mandocello.

The modern mandolin quartet is the plucked strings equivalent of a classical string quartet. Quartets like this did also exist in the late 19th century when mandolin was very popular in Italy, France, Great Britain and also in the USA.

Modern Mandolin Quartet – Demo 85′

Early Video demo created by Mike Marshall, Thom Wineland and Dan Large to promote the Modern Mandolin quartet. Recorded at St Vincents church in San Rafael, Ca.

Mike Marshall – Mandolin

Dana Rath – Mandolin

Paul Binkley – Mandola

John Imholz – MandoCello

Modern Mandolin Quartet 1986 TK1 – Brandenburg Cocerto by J. S. Bach

Early concert footage of the original Modern Mandolin Quartet, at a performance at the Cafe Valencia in San Francisco, CA. Video cameras by Dan Large and Thom Wineland.

Cool, from “West Side Story” – Modern Mandolin Quartet

Modern Mandolin Quartet

Mike Marshall leads the MMQ in this broadcast of the Lonesome Pine Special’s “Mando Magnificat” at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, Kentucky; producer Richard Van Kleeck; director Clark Santee; copyright 1989, KET

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Recordings and Videos with the Plucked Strings Quartet “Quartetto…

Some years ago I have found the website of the Japanese mandolin player Atsushi Fukuya and wrote about it in my blog. Yesterday again I landed on the website of Atsushi Fukuya and I have listened again to some of his recordings. On this occasion I searched for more information and I have found several videos with Atsushi Fukuya and the Quartetto Cantarella.

On the website you find the link Listen! which leads you to the recordings, including mandolin solos, mandolin and guitar and also recordings with a plucked strings quartet – the Quartetto Cantarella. The list includes well known works like the Csardasz by V. Monti, the Capriccio Spagnuolo by Carlo Munier, the Marche des Mandolinistes by Edouardo Mezzacapo, two mandolin solos by Giuseppe Pettine and a piece by Sivio Ranieri.

Since my last visit of the website new recordings have been added. Now you can find works by Claude Debussy and Reinhold Gliere and recordings with the Quartetto Cantarella. Those are very interesting recordings and I can recomment to download them.

On youtube several videos of the  Quartetto Cantarella can be found.

Quartetto Cantarella

The quartet is composed of 1st mandolin, 2nd mandolin,  mandola tenore  and mandocello, which produces a very interesting sound. The mandocello has a full, sonorous sound which is very different to the sound of the guitar that is typically used in European mandolin quartets.

  • Fukuya Atsushi – 1st mandolin
  • Gotoh Yuta – 2nd mandolin
  • Mine Kazuaki – mandola tenore
  • Shikada Kei – mandocello

The quartet plays arrangements of compositions by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy and modern compositions of Japanese composers.

This is the Petite Suite by Claude Debussy arranged for mandolin quartet by Atsushi Fukukya:

C. Debussy – Petite suite (カルテット・カンタレッラ)

Claude Debussy – Petite suite (Arr. Atsushi Fukuya)
played by Quartetto Cantarella

Quartetto Cantarella 公式ウェブサイト

Playlist Quartetto Cantarella mit Atsushi Fukuya

The playlist starts with a set of recordings from a recent concert, these are the first works

  • Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
  • Serenade von Ando Mayuko
  • OBORODUKIYO for Mandolin Quartet by Toshiyuki Koseki
  • Four Leaf Clover for Mandolin Quartet by Toshiyuki Koseki – four movements:

1.) Hope – Antique Sonata

2.) Honesty – Twilight Waltz

3.) Love – Madrigal

4.) Fortune – Rondo

Enjoy the  Quartetto Cantarella!

Additional Information

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MANDOJIN/videos

Homepage Atsushi Fukuya: http://fukuya-mandolin.com/index.htm

Homepage Quartetto Cantarella: http://cantarella.fukuya-mandolin.com/

Ando Mayuko official website: http://mashroomlady.music-tbox.com/info.html)

Toshiyuki Koseki – Web Site http://music.geocities.jp/t_koseki_juraundmusik/

historical recordings

The Athenian Mandolin Quartet – Historical Recordings

I have just found 4 youtube videos with historical recordings of the Athenian Mandolin Quartet, which is also known as the Alessios de Filippis Mandolin Quartet.

More recordings of this groups are available on Edision cylinders on the site of the cylinder conservation project and in the Library of Congress.

These are the recordings made by the Victor Company in 1916 and 1917:


Estudiantina Waltz – Athenian Mandolin Quartet

Victor 10 inch record #17990-B, “Estudiantina Waltz”, played by the Athenian Mandolin Quartet (recorded February 25, 1916).

Spanish Rhapsody – Athenian Mandolin Quartet

The Spanish Rhapsody was composed by Simone Salvetti

Hawaii I’m Lonesome for You

Aloha Land

Additional Information

Recordings of the Athens Mandolin Quartet on Edison cylinders that are available on the site of the Cylinder Conservation Project – includes a Hungarian Serenade, Spanish Rhapsody, That dreamy dreamy Lullaby, A Walk in the Forrest:


Recordings of the Athenian Mandolin Quartet in the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress – includes Spanish Rhapsody, Mo-Ana, Estudiantina Waltz and Cacliz March (Cadiz March?):


More posts about historical recordings: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=historical-recordings


favorite tunes

Carlo Munier ❉ Sweet Melancholy ❉ Douce Mélancoli ❉…

Sweet Melancholy Op. 235 is part of a collection of four pieces by Carlo Munier. This collection can be found as Nelly Album in the Nakano library.

The first two pieces have the main titles in English, with subtitles in French and Italian.

The four pieces are:

  • Sweet Melancholy ❉ Douce Mélancoli ❉ Dolce Mestizia, Romanza, Op. 235
  • Pretty Little Flower ❉ Petite Fleur Gentille ❉ Fiorillo Gentile, Schottisch, Op. 234
  • Mazurka ❉ Serenata, Op. 188
  • Valzer ❉ Cantabile, Op. 192

The first of this four pieces Dolce Mestizia as been recorded in a youtube video by the Mandolin and  Guitar Quartet Estudiantina Bergamo.

Mandolin Guitar Quartet Estudiantina Bergamo – C. Munier “Dolce mestizia”

Rassegna “I Lunedì dellEstudiantina” Suona il Quartetto Estudiantina per la Manifestazione “PIZZICANDO! – MANDOLINO E DINTORNI – Tra Barocco e Novecento” III Edizione – giugno/luglio 2011.
Omaggio a Carlo Munier nel centenario della morte (1859-1911)
“Dolce mestizia” dalla raccolta “Nelly”
Bergamo Aula Picta, Piazza Duomo Città Alta – 11 luglio 2011
– Marina Ferrari e Chiara Perini, mandolini.
– Mario Rota, mandola.
– Michele Guadalupi, mandoloncello e chitarra.


Sheet music avaialable in the Petrucci Library: Dolce Malinconia