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Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin

Charlotte Kaiser, a young mandolin player from Germany, has just published her first album “Poems for Mandolin”

Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin

The album begins with the Concertinho Colibri by Hamilton de Holanda in an arrangement for mandolin and piano. This concertinho has been published by Vincent Beer-Demander at Les Productions d’Oz. Charlotte Kaiser has studied with Beer-Demander in Belgium for one year. Hamilton de Holanda is one of the leading bandolim players in Brazil. He has enhanced the mandolin technique for Choro and Jazz and now as well the classical mandolin with his Concertinho.

Ochiana by Heinrich Konietzny, dedicated to Takashi Ochi, is a virtuoso piece, a solo piece for the mandolin that is rarely played. Charlotte Kaiser plays this with vituosity and emotion. In this piece you can hear the many different sounds of the mandolin – from the slightest piano to a fierce metallico, from a soft tremolo to duo style, chords and dissonant sounds. Charlotte Kaiser has made a video for the CMSA convention in 2021.

Heinrich Konietzny – Ochiana
Romance d’Erbalonga – Vincent Beer-Demander

I had never heard the Sonatina Tritematica by Luciano Chailly before. The reason for this might be, that pieces for mandolin and piano are not played very often. Maybe that this recording helps that this interesting composition is played more often.

Two pieces by Raffaele Calace are included as well, XVI. Preludio for mandola solo and Notturno – Cielo Stellato for mandolin solo.

With the variations on „La Fürstemberg“ by Anton Riggieri Charlote Kaiser shows the virtuoso techniques that have been used in the 18th century on the mandolin.

The compositions by Yasuo Kuwahara are performed very often. Charlotte Kaiser play Improvised Poem as the last piece of the album. There is a video of Improvised Poem as well.

Yasuo Kuwahara – Improvised Poem

I have enjoyed the album poems for mandolin by Charlotte Kaiser very much. The program is many-sided and varied, with well known pieces and some uncommon compositions. Pieces for mandolin and piano, mandolin solo and mandola solo complement each other. This is a recording that is not only interesting for insiders, but also good for creating interest in the music for mandolin and mandola.

Charlotte Kaiser – Poems for Mandolin – back side

The album is available frm CHarlotte Kaiser. You can find detailed information on the website,

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40 Years Mülheimer Zupforchester – Anniversary Concert

The Mülheimer Zupforchestra is one of the best mandolin orchestras in Germany. The anniversary concert for 40 years has been filmed and is available as a youtube video.

The orchestra is conducted by Dominik Hackner.

The program included well known compositions like the suite Für Wolfgang by Leopold Mozart and the Song of the Japanese Autumn by Yasuo Kuwahara, but also many knew works and premieres.

Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) Für Wolfgang – Suite Nr. VIII d-Moll – (03:23) 1. Angloise 2. Menuett I 3. Fantasia 4. Menuett II 5. Mourqui

Owen Hartford (ca. *1950) Urban Sketches – (11:18) 1. Circuits 2. Underground 3. Walk About 4. Fast Lane

Jürgen Klose (*1946) Summertrip für Zupforchester – (19:47) 1. Rondo 2. Ostinato 3. Tatry

Aris Alexander Blettenberg (*1994) HELLAS – Suite alla greca – (34:05) „Für meine Zupferfamilie, das Mülheimer Zupforchester, zum 40-jährigen Bestehen“ I. Hymnos II. Syrtaki III. Zeimbekiko IV. Kalamatianos URAUFFÜHRUNG Dirigent: Karsten Richter

PAUSE

Aris Alexander Blettenberg (*1994) und Dominik Hackner (*1968) Suite aus der Zaubermandoline – (46:36)

Dominik Hackner (*1968) Asrael – (55:31) op. 69 URAUFFÜHRUNG

Stefan Hippe (*1966) SMS zum Jubilee – (1:06:11) „Dem Mülheimer Zupforchester zum 40-jährigen Jubiläum 2020 und Dominik Hackner eine SMS (Short Music Story)“ URAUFFÜHRUNG

Yasuo Kuwahara (*1946) Song of Japanese Autumn (Shoshu-no-Uta) – (1:09:47)

ZUGABEN – (1:23:30)


Some pieces from the concert are also available as single youtube videos.

More information about the orchestra and its activities can be found on the website of the orchestra.

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Ensemble Giocoso – New Music for Mandolin Ensemble

The Ensemble Giocoso has been founded in 2012 by members of the mandolin orchestra HARMONIE 1931 from Dinslaken to be able to play more interesting music, pop-songs or new compositions for mandolin orchestra.

The concerts from the last years were filmed and are available as youtube videos.

Program of the concert from 2020

Christopher Grafschmidt – Auf geht’s

Olof Näslund – I Folkton

David Laheurte – Mandoline Project

Claudio Mandonico – Słoneczniki Sinti-Suite

Richard Charlton – Daintree

Pirates of the Caribbean Medley

Dominik Hackner – Danza cubana

John Miles – Music

Claudio Mandonico – Stomp from “Jazz Pop Rock Suite”

Playlist of the Concert given in 2020
Playlist of the Concert from 2017
Playlist of the Concert from 2016
Playlist of the Concert from 2015

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Bundesjugendzupforchester Germany 2021

The German Bundesjugendzupforchester – The Youth Mandolin Orchestra of Germany – had it’s third meeting in August 2021. The Bundesjugenzupforchester was founded in 2019 by three young mandolin players from Germany: Laura Engelmann, Charlotte Kaiser und Clara Weise

The orchestra is composed of the best young mandolin, mandola and guitar players in Germany. The orchestra is conduced by Lisa Hummel. After several days of hard work the orchestra played two concerts, the second concert was also streamed live at youtube and is available as a video on the youtube channel of the Bundesjugendzupforchester:

In the youtube channel you can as well find videos of the performances of the first two years.

The Program – Das Konzertprogramm 2021

The program of this year was dedicated to female composers, with the exception of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto. I have taken some screenshots from the performance video to illustrate my post.

Maria Anna Martinez (1744 – 1812)
Continuo: Sophie Schlaubitz
Sinfonie in C-Dur
1.      Allegro con spirito
2.      Andante ma non troppo
3.      Allegro spirituoso

Freya Arde (* 1988)
Restlessness

Daigo Marumoto (* 1979)
Mandolin Concerto
Solistin: Kerstin Draken (Sonderpreis Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert 2021)

Kerstin Draken was awarded a special prize – the invitation to the Bundesjugendzupforchester and the performance of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto – for the best performance at the 2021 competition Jugend musiziert.

Clara Schumann (1819 – 1886)
Bearbeitung: Lisa Hummel
Drei Fugen über Themen von J. S. Bach
1.      Fuge Es – Dur
2.      Fuge E – Dur
3.      Fuge g – Moll

Miwa Naito (* 1964)
Okinawa – Suite
Tagelied Matsuri
Lullaby for Momo

Louise Farrenc (1804 – 1875)
Bearbeitung: Christopher Grafschmidt
Symphonie Nr. 1 op. 32
Andante sostenuto – Allegro