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CALACE: Mandolin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Rhapsodia Napoletana

Composer(s):Calace, Raffaele
Artist(s) Stephens, Alison, mandolin • Devine, Steven, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570434
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The son of a mandolin-maker, Raffaele Calace became a distinguished virtuoso of the instrument, creating new possibilities by technical modifications of the instrument. His Concertos, originally written for mandolin and piano, are substantial three-movement works which contrast, in both cases, a profound and striking first movement, a reflective and emotionally charged slow movement, and a skittish, virtuosic third movement. If a single musical example could demonstrate the range, emotion and expressiveness of the mandolin, it is the slow movement of Concerto No. 1.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2007

Raffael Calace was born in Naples 1863, his family established mandolin and guitar makers who looked to their two sons to continue the business. Raffael had other ideas, and after study at the Conservatoire in Naples set about establishing the mandolin as a concert instrument, taking the performing technique to a totally new level. Travelling around Europe to establish its presence he wrote over 170 pieces for the instrument in order to show its vast range of colours. In so doing he had to create a whole new spectrum of effects incorporated into music that including the two concertos featured on this brilliant disc. It appears that he never intended them to be orchestrated, the accompaniment seen in pianistic terms, with the instruments given equal importance

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