Peter Ostroushko - The Mando Chronicles
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November 21, 2012 - 8:15 am
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Peter Ostroushko - The Mando Chronicles
St. Paul, Minn. — Red House Records has announced a November 27 release for Peter Ostroushko's The Mando Chronicles, a 3-CD compilation with the mandolin highlighted.
The collection celebrates the mandolin's roots in Europe and its journey to the Americas and into the world's finest orchestra halls, spanning many continents and musical genres — from old-time folk and bluegrass to jazz, classical and Latin styles.
Disc 1 - Americana
Paddy on the Turnpike
Ace of Spades / Brilliancy
Lantern in the Ditch
Mr. Bill Hinkley's March to the Promised Land
Crossing the Cumberlands
Proud Boys of Manassas / Bull Run Picnic
Long March Through Texas
Old Virginia Reel
Herald of Spring / Civil War March
Monkey on a Dog Cart
Sweet Georgia Brown
In a Sentimental Mood
C Jam Blues
Entrance of the Gladiators
Disc 2 - Old World
Krokadyeel / Orelitsya
Tashka / Chervonyee Cherevitchkee
Moldavian Dance Tune
Vals from Orsa
Tarantella di Mirto
Ed Reavy's / Gusty's Frolic / Miss Patterson's Slippers / Rakish Paddy
Lament for Captain Henry O'Kane / Mama's Pet / The Banks
The Humors of Tullycrine / Sporting Paddy / Lough Isle Castle / Reel in the Key of A
The Knackers of Naven / The Salamanca / The Nine Points of Roguery
Disc 3 - Classical & South Americana
Antonio Vivaldi-Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425 - Allegro
J.S. Bach-Sonata in G minor for Solo Violin (Mandolin), BWV 1001 - Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven - Adagio ma non troppo in E flat major for Mandolin and Strings, WoO 43b
Niccolò Paganini-Minuetto in E major for Solo Mandolin, NR. 1 - Minuetto
(Laid to Rest) Beneath Oklahoma Soil
Os Cinco Companheiros
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November 21, 2012 10:20 AM
This looks like a great score if you don't have Peter Ostroushko in your collection yet. I got excited until I saw 'previously issued material' since I'm pretty sure I have all of his albums already. A unique voice in mandolin world, go see Peter if you ever get a chance.
November 21, 2012 02:39 PM
I'm not so sure about the "previously released material," since I have all of Peter's work and I don't recognize quite a large number on discs two and three especially. I wonder if some of the material has been released on recordings he's done for the Target Lifescapes albums?
November 21, 2012 03:18 PM
His part playing the Bach Fugue in G with a mandolin quartet is one of the most impressive things I've ever heard on mandolin.
November 23, 2012 07:59 AM
Not sure where I picked up the previously released part. Thought it was in an email from one of the sellers but have been going back through some information this a.m. and not finding reference to that so have removed. My apology. I still think some of this may be previously available but can't be sure. We don't exactly received written press releases on things like this. Even his web site doesn't list the recording and his latest "What's New" has information from 2010, the home page advertising a concert from September. Alas, that's the way much of the web is unfortunately. Shouldn't deter anyone from what's surely a marvelous recording.
November 24, 2012 04:39 PM
At the CMSA conference in September, Peter was asked that question about previously recorded material. He said it is all new, and recorded at Red House Records.
November 27, 2012 07:35 AM
I was the engineer who worked with Peter on The Mando Chronicles. It is, to the best of my knowledge, all new! Some of the material was retrieved from 2" Tape recorded at Studio M here in Minnesota in the 1980s - this might have contributed to the "previously released" rumor. This is an astounding collection - we played it nonstop during the Thanksgiving Holiday at my home and it never ceased to delight! This collection travels the world through genres and eras and is a musical tour-de-force!!! Another Peter O disc worth finding is "Peter Goes to the Circus." Music recorded for Circus Juventus. Happy listening everyone!
November 27, 2012 07:44 AM
Quote from Wild Sound: I was the engineer who worked with Peter on The Mando Chronicles. It is, to the best of my knowledge, all new! Some of the material was retrieved from 2" Tape recorded at Studio M here in Minnesota in the 1980s - this might have contributed to the "previously released" rumor. This is an astounding collection - we played it nonstop during the Thanksgiving Holiday at my home and it never ceased to delight! This collection travels the world through genres and eras and is a musical tour-de-force!!! Another Peter O disc worth finding is "Peter Goes to the Circus." Music recorded for Circus Juventus. Happy listening everyone! End Quote
Thanks for posting that. You probably don't have anything to do with this part of the project but I think some, like me, are wondering if this will be available in MP3 format on amazon or on iTunes eventually. Most of his other material is so I'll assume this will be as well. If I notice it is I'll let everyone know.
November 27, 2012 09:18 AM
One aspect of Peter O's playing that has always impressed me is how musical he is. He is not playing the mandolin, he is playing music. His music transcends the instrument itself. The reason I sometimes miss him in my mental lists of great mandolin players is that I think of him as a musician, not predominantly as a mandolinner. The playing itself doesn't "feature" the mandolin, or even the playing. The person and the mandolin are in service of the music.
December 04, 2012 04:29 PM
From the "News" page on Peter's website:
"I have been asked if some of the music was merely harvested from some of my earlier CDs and the answer is NO. All of these are new recordings that have never been issued before. There are a few titles that I had previously recorded on older CDs, but these are newly recorded versions of those titles."
Peter is my favorite instrumentalist (on any instrument, not just mando) so I'm biased, but this is a great album!
December 04, 2012 07:52 PM
Purchased the CD's recently. Very fine indeed ! Lots of variety and style. Highly recommended.
December 05, 2012 01:33 PM
My wife asked what I wanted for Christmas - I showed her the link to the mandolin chronicles
that should do it for me!
December 06, 2012 11:59 AM
This cd is wonderful. I'm still listening to all of it after ten days and have ordered a couple more to give as gifts. I hope all mandolin players get to hear this cd, not just Peter O.'s fans; classical or old-time fans; or round-hole fans.
December 06, 2012 05:13 PM
I put this on my wishlist. It is out of stock on Amazon.
December 06, 2012 07:20 PM
Quote from jmp: I put this on my wishlist. It is out of stock on Amazon. End Quote
bummer I thought I was being a good boy........
December 06, 2012 10:18 PM
That is what I needed to hear.....new material, I downloaded the pdf to order it via mail from Peter .....on his web site.
December 08, 2012 12:45 AM
Absolutely wonderful music, the perfect Christmas gift for every mandolin player. I received mine today and have been listening all evening and ordered another copy as a gift.
December 31, 2012 06:40 PM
Wow - this is really gorgeous music!! I am about halfway through the first disc. This should be in every mandolinist's collection - he's got an incredible touch on the mandolin. Lovely!!!
January 01, 2013 11:22 AM
I got this 3-CD set for Christmas and it is filled with sweet sounding mandolin music from all over the world. Includes detailed information about which vintage mandolins are featured on which track. It is interesting to compare the sounds and styles of different mandolins and different cultures. The playing and musicianship is impeccable.
January 05, 2013 06:46 AM
Just recieved the CD hard copy
put on disc 2 and my 6 year old daughter came right out and started dancing and lilting around the living room, thats it for me
that's where we want to be, powerful stuff indeed
this is as the man says "music for the soul in a weary world" not to mention some of the most inspiring mandolin playing I've encounterd in a while
lots of mandola and mandocello for the tenor folks!
nice to have the booklet with the mando pictures and descriptions
I wonder what is meant by "seedpods from a sycamore tree provided by Nancy Blake"