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Raffaele Calace – VI Mazurka Op. 141 – For…

The Mazurka Op. 141 by Raffaele Calace is a piece that is being played quite often. I have collected a playlist with the best videos of this piece.

You can hear:

  • The Duo 14 strings from Italy (mandolin & guitar)

http://www.14strings.it Tiziano Palladino al Mandolino e Isidoro Nugnes alla Chitarra (14strings Duo) eseguono la MAZURKA Op. 141 di Raffaele Calace durante un Concerto live presso l’IMAM di Larino

  • An unknown mandolin orchestra
  • Gianni Migliaccio and Paolino Coppeto
  • The Devine Nix Duo (mandolin & guitar)

The Devine Nix Duo – Chris Devine, mandolin and Michael Nix, guitar

  • Athenian Mandolinata “Nicolaos Lavdas”
  • Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra HET CONSORT
  • ΝΙΚΟΣ ΡΟΓΚΑΚΟΣ und ΒΑΝΤΑ ΠΟΛΙΤΗ (mandolin & piano)
  • Patrizio Petrucci, mandolino, Ilenia Fiore, piano (mandolin & piano)
  • Carlo Aonzo mandolino, Valeria Ubertino chitarra (mandolin & guitar)
  • Duo Bonizzoni-Colella (mandolin & harp)

Playlist – Calace VI Mazurka Op. 141

The sheet music of the Mazurka is available form the site of the Italian plucked strings association FMI:

A postcard by Raffaele Calace (1904) - Back with mandolyra, liuto and guitar lutherie

A Postcard by Raffaele Calace for Paul Decourcelle –…

I have recently bought a postcard written by Raffaele Calace in 1904. The postcard was sent to Paul Decourcelle who had a publishing company in Nice in France around 1900. He has also published his own compositions under the pseudonym Heinrich Tellam, some of his compositions were quite popular at that time.

Click one of the smal images to open the gallery where you can see and also download the images in full size.

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Oleg Videnov – Mandolin

I have just found this nice tune with variations played by Oleg Videnov from Sofia, Bulgaria on the mandolin.

Привечер-В.Хватов Performed by Oleg Videnov(mandolin) and Lachezar Videnov (guitar) 22.07.2009

Oleg Videnov has made several videos in his channel ovidenov.

This is another example – a serenade by Silvestri:


The last video that I have selected is a recording of the Moto Perpetuo by Raffaele calace, played with an ensemble with piano, guitar and double bass:

Moto Perpetueo – Raffaele Calace

Another arrangement of this virtuoso piece, arranged by Ralf Leenen for two mandolins, and played by Oleg Videnov and Ralf Leenen on Embergher mandolins can be found at:


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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 http://www.youtube.com/user/Magnatt2000

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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