Playlist Federico Maddaluno – Costantino Bertucci – Chamber Music with Mandolin, Guitar and Piano
Federico Maddaluno is a young mandolin player from Napoli. He has produced an album with music composed by Costantino Bertucci. Bertucci has composed 24 Fantasies for mandolin solo and many other compositions. The complete playlist is available as a youtube playlist.
The Rossini anniversary of 2018 presented an opportunity to shed new light on these familiar works, but in a form that the composer himself would have recognised. This long-established mandolin quintet took a mix of old and newly commissioned arrangements and toured them across Italy to great success before making the present recording. The quintet takes its name from the mandolin virtuoso Giuseppe Anedda (1912-97) who popularised the instrument throughout his native Italy with his own ensemble and established for it a place in classical concert halls and modern works beyond the ‘early music revival’ of the 50s and 60s. He took part in pioneering recordings of Vivaldi and early performances of Stravinsky’s Agon.
They commissioned Michele Di Filippo to arrange the first four overtures on this album: L’Italiana in Algeri (1813), Il Viaggio a Reims (1825), La Cenerentola (1817) and La Scala di Seta (1812). The other four overtures are from Il Signor Bruschino (1813), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816), Tancredi (1813) and La Gazza Ladra (1817), for which the quintet performs from transcriptions made and published in the first half of the 20th century by Mario Macchioci and Enrico Marucelli. All the arrangements preserve the heady excitement of the famous ‘Rossini crescendo’ as well as the chamber-like dialogue between wind and strings in the original scores.
Carlo Aonzo has published a new CD with Italian music – Mandolitaly. In this album the Carlo Aonzo Trio plays a set of Italian tunes in very entertaining way, with a light mood and jazzy influences. The mandolin has a beautiful tone, and the accompaniment by guitar and double bass prepares a colorful base for the mandolin.
You can hear selections by Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier, songs like the Genoese song “Ma se ghe penso”, the Neapolitan song “Voce ‘e notte”, the song “Nebbia’a la Vall” from the Abruzzi, a Sicilian Tarantella joined with Taranta Steps by John Coltrane, and a classical Toccata in A.
Carlo Aonzo has a compiled a great and entertaining album for everybody who loves the mandolin, with lovely tremolo serenades and jolly tarantellas. Some of the recordings remind me of the great Dave Apollon.
For the recording Carlo has added some great guest musicians to add more colors to the unique sound.
Tommaso Bellomare (sicilian jew’s harp)
Ismaila Mbaye(african percussions)
Fabio Rinaudo(bagpipes, flute)
Ike Stubblefield (hammond organ)
Riccardo Tesi(diatonic accordion)
Riccardo Zegna (piano)
The album can be ordered directly from Carlo Aonzo, it will be available soon on all other platforms.
You can hear some of the songs of this new CD as a live performance of the Carlo Aonzo Trio in the following podcast: 00:00 Indifference (short version) 06:35 Polke 11:53 Mazurka Sentimentale 18:13 Voce e’ Notte + Taranta Steps 25:00 Arrivederci Roma + Roma nun fa la stupida stasera 32:09 Mazurka (Calace) 38:06 Receita de Samba 43:46 Splitting it up 49:38 Vivaldi in New York (L’Estate 3° mov.) 54:30 Minuano (short version)
After “A Mandolin Journey”, musical tour through the continents, the Carlo Aonzo Trio – Carlo Aonzo on the Italian mandolin, Lorenzo Piccone on the acoustic guitar and Luciano Puppo on the double bass – is back, this time travelling along the Italian tradition to rediscover its peculiar soundtrack. Once again the main character is the mandolin which, in the personal unique modern and eclectic style of Aonzo, makes such repertoire surprisingly catchy and contemporary.