A very nice performance of Rondo by Ferdinand Binnendijk. I admit that the harp-mandolin sounds better than the guitar-mandolin combination, nevertheless I am preparing to publish my own performance together with the excellent Greek mandolinist Yannis Rizos, to be posted soon. Till then, enjoy Ferdinand Binnendijk!
About Raffaele Calace
Calace’s method clearly shows the development of the traditional Italian playing style ofthe Mandolin.
Raffaele Calace as well as his brother Nicola Calace (1859-1923) were leading mandolin makers. They introduced improvements in the building techniques such as the enlargement of the sound box. They also made instruments with a fingerboard carrying on over the sound hole, like the Roman master luthier Luigi Embergher (1856-1943) did. The name of Calace became well-known in Europe for the extremely great volume and beautiful quality of the instruments. When Nicola emigrated to the U.S.A., Raffaele continued the Calace workshop with his daughter Maria, a gifted mandolin player as well, and his son Giuseppe. Raffaele Calace died in Naples in 1934.
One of his most famous compositions is his Round opus 127. There are different versions of this work made by Calace himself, among which is a version for ‘Orchestra a Plettro’ (Mandolin Orchestra) and one for ‘Quartetto a Plettro Romantico’ (Quartet for two mandolins, alto mandola and guitar). The most known version, however, is a combination of mandolin and piano or guitar. For this video a harp was used to perform the original piano part.
A video by
Pauline Ulderink and
Zwolle – Netherlands.
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