I have recently discovered this great video produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra from London (UK) with Nigel Woodhouse.
Nigel Woodhouse is a guitarist who does also play the mandolin, the banjo and other fretted instruments.
Nigel plays a Neapolitan (or Roman) mandolin based on a mandolin by Luigi Embergher and made for Nigel in 1993 by Japanese maker Yoshihiko Takusari. He also plays an A-style mandolin built by Mike Vanden. You can find some pictures of the two mandolins on Nigel’s website.
Nigel presents examples by Mozart, Mahler, Webern, Strawinsky, Prokofiev, Respighi and other important composers who used the mandolin in a symphony orchestra. He also shows the most important features and playing techniques of the mandolin.
Nigel Woodhouse – The Mandolin
In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the mandolin. The mandolin has been used by many composers across the centuries to give special colour to the orchestra, often evoking folk music.
youtube channel of the Philharmonia Orchestra London (UK)
Website Nigel Woodhouse
Nigel Woodhouse on Soundcloud
Website Philharmonia Orchestra London
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:
Recommended mandolin book (Amazon partnerlink)
The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook: 26 Favorite Songs Arranged by Janet Davis (Book & Online Audio)