Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra
A fine disc of easy listening from the prize-winning Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra featuring soloist Slava Grigoryan.
Slava appears as soloist with the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra on this Move release. Recorded just prior to signing with Sony, Melbourne's own guitar virtuoso is being compared to legendary guitarist John Williams.
This talented young performer joined the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra at fourteen, and has appeared as soloist on the orchestra's recent tours of Japan and Europe.
Recorded in the lavish acoustic of Melbourne's Xavier College Chapel, Move introduces this fine Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra disc of easy listening classical selections.
The Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra rhythmic energy shimmering sounds!
The MMO's conductor, Fred Witt, has lead the orchestra since 1991. Respected world-wide as a conductor, composer and performer of plucked music, in 1993 he lead the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra to win every prize at the First International Mandolin Competition in Belgium including his own composition 'Concertino for mandola' with longstanding orchestra member, Kurt Jensen, as soloist.
Danish-born mandolin player, Jensen, like Grigoryan, began performing professionally at an early age. Appearing as mandolin soloist on this Move release, Kurt has held positions with several European orchestras and is well-known as a presenter on Melbourne's classical radio station 3MBS-FM.
Also features soloist performances by mandolinist Michelle Wright and cellist Karla Drazenovic.
Under the direction of Fred Witt, the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra perform with a maturity and depth of musicality akin to leading traditional string orchestras.
The Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra was formed in 1967 by Peter Evans and Josef Ruecker. Their aim was ‘to develop and maintain a mandolin orchestra in Melbourne’. As well as performing regularly, the group organises summer schools, trips from overseas groups, trains new players, holds musical workshops & master classes, and commissions music.
“tomorrow's virtuoso with today's attitude ... one of the most exciting classical guitarists to have emerged in years”
— ABC 24 Hours
“We should give warm applause to the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra for its bravery and talent. It is so brave that it dares to survive strongly in a time when many people still do not treat it fairly. And the Orchestra is so talented that it plays virtuosic music without trouble.”
— Ngoc-Tuan Hoang, State of the Arts
- Allegro Molto
- A Celebration Robert Schulz
- Song for the Japanese Autumn Yasuo Kuwahara
- Slow Foxtrot
- Slow Waltz
Concerto for Guitar Sylvius Leopold Weiss
Concertino for Mandola Fred Witt
Summertrip Jurgen Klose
Tanz suite Willi Althoff
- Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra
- Slava Grigoryan · guitar · tracks 1—5
- Karla Drazenovic · cello · track 6
- Michelle Wright · mandolin · track 7
- Kurt Jensen · mandola · tracks 8—10
Fred Witt (1922-) was born in Dortmund, and studied singing, composition, guitar, zither, accordion, and conducting at Dortmund Conservatorium.