Julien Martineau: Come Una Volta (Italian Mandolin Concertos)

February 14, 2019, 9:00 am

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A luminous, easily recognizable instrument, and a symbol of Italy’s musical traditions, the mandolin has been the subject of several major compositions throughout the history of music. First of all, the famous concertos by Vivaldi: two of them appear here on this new album by Julien Martineau. He also performs the poetic second concerto (in its first recording with orchestra) by Raffaele Calace, who was often described as “the Paganini of the mandolin.” A rarely heard concerto by Domenico Caudioso completes an album which, steeped in authenticity and musical excellence, honors and lends prestige not only to the art of mandolin, but also to Italian and musical culture as a whole.