Walz, Richard | Mandolin Treasures from the Golden Era

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Mandolin Treasures from the Golden Era

by Walz, Richard

Sparkling gems and vibrant classics of the late Romantic period for solo manolin and mandolin with piano accompaniment
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. C.Munier, Capriccio Spagnuolo, Op.276
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6:57 album only
2. R.Calace, Variazioni su Tema di Beethoven, Op.67
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9:40 album only
3. R.Calace, Concerto no.1, Op. 113 - Marziale
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8:58 album only
4. Largo tranquilo
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6:56 album only
5. Rondo
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6:36 album only
6. S.Leonardi, La bella Sorrentina Tarantella
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4:01 album only
7. D.Dounis, Rêve Oriental, Op.12
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7:58 album only
8. G.Pettine, Fantasia Romantica
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8:50 album only
9. R.Leoncavallo, Vesti la Giubba for solo mandolin
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1:48 album only


Album Notes
The "Golden Era" of the mandolin lasted some 30 to 35 years, from the last quarter of the 19th century through the first or second decade of the 20th century . Despite the popularity their instrument held at the end of the 19th century, mandolin virtuosi of that time knew that their success might be short-lived. Mandolin notables such as Munier, Calace, and Pettine rose to the challenge to win respect for their chosen instrument with their skills as composers, players, teachers, writers, and even instrument makers. They wrote countless works for mandolin, and a choice selection of these vibrant and colorful works have been chosen for this disc to demonstrate the wide range of expression the mandolin is capable of in the hands of the virtuoso.

Richard Walz, mandolin, was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and began his musical studies with Albert Bellson. He subsequently studied music, musicology, and anthropology at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his activities in baroque, classical, and romantic music, Mr. Walz has participated in a number of contemporary works, including one of the first performances of George Crumb's "Voices of Ancient Children." Mr. Walz makes his home in France.

Mari Tomizuka, piano, was born in Chicago and raised in Tucson. She studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, and took a Certificate in Fortepiano from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Ms Tomizuka has won acclaim as a performer and recording artist in Europe and England.


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Paul Gerard

great recording of virtuoso classical mandolin pieces!
I loved this CD! It contains some of my favorite concert pieces for mandolin by the great Italian mandolinists of yesteryear, Calace, Munier, Pettine, etc. Richard Walz plays them with great technique and artistry!