My newspaper had a review some days ago about the album “Calling the Muse – Old & New Pieces for Theorbo” by the French theorbo player Bruno Helstroffer.
Bruno Helstroffer has studied the guitar in Straßburg in France and has also started to play the theorbo, the lute and the vihuela. The theorbo and the lute are now his favorite instruments.
Helstroffer has played with different old music ensembles playing music of the Renaissance. He has played solo performances with his theorbo and has a very creative way to play old and new music on the lute instruments. He is composing new music for the theorbo, arranging modern compositions for the lute and even plays arrangements of pop songs.
Let’s start with a solo performance:
Fragment of “Mr Instrument Instrument presents The Great Invention for thirsty theorbo, asleep double bass, four dancers and absolute crime.”
Costumes: Unfinished Company In collaboration with Dance House Lemesos, Burdąg Foundation and with the support of Instytut Adama Mickiewicza
Bruno Helstroffer is taking part in different projects, a great example is this trio with guitar, oud and theorbo playing a composition ba Arvo Pärt:
Grégory Dargent, oud, Kevin Seddiki, guitare classique et Bruno Helstroffer, théorbe interprètent Pari Intervalo d’Arvo Pärt. Extrait du concert Ocora, Couleurs du monde enregistré le 10 septembre 2018 au Studio 105 de la Maison de la Radio.
Florentino Calvo is one of the leading mandolinists from France. He has studied mandolin and guitar at the concervatory of music and dance in Argenteuil with Mario Monti and in the masterclass of Alberto Ponce.
Florentino Calvo is especially interested in contemporary music. Together with the trio Polycordes (mandolin, harp and guitar) he has premiered and recorded many contemporary compositions.
But Florentino Calvo has also recorded several albums with the most important works for the mandoline of the 17th century and the Romantic age for mandolin solo or mandolin with piano, harpsichord or guitar.
Florentino Calvo is also the conductor of several orchestras like the Ensemble MG21.
I have found several live videos with Florentino Calvo and playlists of some of the albums.
Playlist Florentino Calvo
Beethoven Sonatine, recordings with the Trio Polycordes, Florentino Calvo as conductor
Complete albums at youtube
Gabriele Leone: Six sonates pour la mandoline et basse, Livre I (2015)
From Prag to Vienna
Florentino Calvo, Mandoline and Aline Zylberajch, Piano
AICOPI is the name of a French mandolin orchestra directed by Ricardo Sandoval. The name AICOPI ist derived from the French name of this ensemble: Académie Intégrale des COrdes PIncées – Ensemble instrumental à plectres dirigé par Ricardo SANDOVAL
AICOPI took also part at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik at Bruchsal (Germany) recntly where they played the Suite Retratos by Radames Gnattali. This piece has also been played at the concert in Metz.
The orchestra gave a concert in Metz on June 16, 2018. Conductor was Marc Desmons. The complete videos of this concert are now available in the youtube channel of Ricardo Sandoval.