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Jose Miguel Morena – Vihuela and Lute – Music…

A nice video of a concert by Jose Miguel Morena that was given during the Early Music Festivals in St. Petersburg (Russia) has created interest for this musician.

The video can be found in the blog of the Russian camera man Roman Gurochkin. Moreno plays music of the Renaissance on a vihuela, at the end of the video he plays his version of the well known tune Canarios by Gaspar Sanz.


Jose Miguel Morena is one of the important specialists for old plucked instruments –  including the barock-guitar, the vihuela, the luth, the theorbe and also the modern guitar. He has published many recordings.

The following videos show parts from a luth concert:

Jose Miguel Morena – Laute

Renaissance music from Spain:

Renaissance music from England, including the Frog Galliard by John Downland:

More videos with Jose Miguel Morena, including Barock pieces by Sylvius Leopold Weiss can be found in my playlist:



More information:

Wikipedia about the vihuela: Vihuela (German) and Vihuela (Englisch)

The vihuela society from Spain: http://www.sociedaddelavihuela.com/

Notes about Jose Miguel Morena:



CD recommendation (Amazon partnerlink)

Christina Pluhar and the Ensemble L’Arpeggiata – Mediterraneo

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Mandolin Orchestra La Orden de la Terraza – Logrono…

The mandolin orchestra La Orden de la Terraza from Logrono (Spain) gave a concert with the winning compositions of the competition for composition of the city of Logrono 2008.

The whole concert is now available at youtube. At the beginning of the concert some compositions from the previous competitions were played.

Concierto presentación fallo del jurado del Concurso internacional de composición para formaciones de plectro “Ciudad de Logroño” 2009. Auditórium del ayuntamiento de Logroño el 21 de diciembre de 2009.

This concert is a good possibility to hear some new compositions for mandolin orchestra.



Fantasía para guitarra y orquesta by  Javier Riba – 1er Premio concurso internacional de composición “Ciudad de Logroño” 2004.

Solo-guitar: Francisco Sagredo


by Carlos Blanco – 2º premio concurso internacional de composición “Ciudad de Logroño” 2006

cadenza: Marina Cerrajería (bandurria)


by Mirko Schrader – 3rd price of the comeptition “Ciudad de Logroño” 2008

1.- Overture
2.- Melancolía
3.- Rondó


by Javier Villafuerte – 2nd price of the comeptition “Ciudad de Logroño” 2008

1.- Deciso – Cantabile
2.- Legato – Rítmico
3.- Legato


by Luigi Salamon – 1st price of the comeptition “Ciudad de Logroño” 2008

Transition for mandolin orchestra by Luigi Salmon


by José Manuel Expósito

Playlist with the complete concert:


Homepage of the orchestra La Orden de la Terraza with more information: http://www.laordendelaterraza.com/

CD recommendation

Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums Box set (Amazon partnerlink)

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Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow – Mandolin Orchestra…

Some days ago I have discovered the videos of a Spanish orchestra:  La Orden de la Terraza

This orchestra was founded in the region of Logrono / Rioja / Spain in the 70s. In Logrono every year a big festival of plucked instrument music takes place.

The performance of  Beyond the Rainbow by Yasuo Kuwahara has fascinated me immediately, and I had to listen to this for several times.

This orchestra plays excellent and very precise. The orchestra is composed of the typical Spanish plucked instruments bandurria and laud and guitars.

Yasuo Kuwahara was a Japanese mandolin player and composer. He has composed many pieces for plucked strings ensembles and also for mandolin solo.

More information can be found here: Yasuo Kuwahara

The orchestra La Orden de la Terraza has played several compositions by Kuwahara, you can find some information about this also on the homepage of the orchestra.

Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow (1ª parte) – La Orden de la Terraza

Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow (2ª parte) – La Orden de la Terraza
X Muestra de Música de Plectro Ciudad de Valladolid
Orquesta de Plectro – Carlos Blanco Ruiz – guitarra bandurria mandolin
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Yasuo Kuwahara – Beyond the Rainbow (2ª parte) – La Orden de la Terraza

More videos of this orchestra in the youtube channel: carlosblancoruiz

Homepage of the orchestra (Spanish): La orden de la terraza

Playlist Zupforchester – La Orden de la Terraza – Concert 21.12.2009


Amazon tip (partnerlink)

Learn to play all the chords on the mandolin:

Mandolin Chord Dictionary: Handy Guide (Alfred Handy Guide)