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Julien Martineau - Calace's Preludes For Solo Mandolin

By Mandolin Cafe
July 19, 2013 - 2:15 pm

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Julien Martineau - Calace's Preludes For Solo Mandolin

Julien Martineau - Calace's Preludes For Solo Mandolin

French mandolinist Julien Martineau has released a project of Calace Preludes for solo mandolin, thought to be one of only two mandolinists to ever record the collection considered the mandolin's equivalent to Paganini's Caprices for Solo Violin.

The Preludes were recorded for the prominent French classical label MUSE.

Julien Martineau has played as a soloist in many prominent concert halls and at numerous prestigious music festivals throughout Europe. He actively performs chamber music especially with his friends from the Orchestra of the Capitole of Toulouse, offering recently rare Viennese quartet for mandolin and string instruments.

In 2005, Julien Martineau joined the staff of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement régional (CRR) in Toulouse as a professor of mandolin. At the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, he has graduated master degree in musicology. In 2013, Académie des Arts, Lettres et Sciences du Languedoc awarded him the Deodat de Séverac Prize.

Listen to Prelude I from the recording Calace's Preludes For Solo Mandolin.

Selections

Preludio I
Preludio XIV
Preludio X
Preludio V
Preludio XII
Preludio III
Preludio XV
Preludio XI
Preludio II
Gran Preludio

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Larry S Sherman
July 19, 2013 02:28 PM
Cool! Also available from iTunes US and Amazon US.

Larry
Scott Tichenor
July 19, 2013 02:31 PM
Thanks, Larry. Was just getting to those. When I looked a few days ago they weren't there and assumed they wouldn't be.
RustyPickup
July 20, 2013 01:41 AM
Interesting interpretations; surprisingly different than Gertrud Troester's "Calace: 10 Preludes -- The Romantic Mandolin." If you enjoy Martineau's Calace CD, you will probably also find his other recently released work, "Quatour Ambrosius," something you would like. Thank you, Scott, for bringing this to our attention.
MandoSquirrel
July 20, 2013 02:43 PM
So, apparently it's only available as a download, not as a prerecorded disc? I'd like it, but I don't buy downloads.
JFDilmando
July 20, 2013 06:50 PM
You apparantly really have to like reverb.... so heavy that you can't even hear the individual notes in some cases..... ok if you are in a cavernous church, but I'm not thrilled about purchasing a recording to listen like I am 200 feet away in an echo chamber....
Julien Martineau
July 21, 2013 06:15 AM
Thank you for your interest for my recording.
The CD is available on www.museclassique.fr with a 20 pages booklet. The texts are by Jérôme Rossi (musicologist, lecturer at Nantes University), Raffaele Calace Jr (mandolin maker, grandson of Raffaele Calace) and myself.
I recorded in Eglise du Carla, a XIIIth church in Castelnau-de-Lévis, where I played the Preludes in concert two weeks ago (picture below).
For the 150th anniversary of birth of Calace, I will play this program in Africa from october 15th to november 17th (Cap-Vert, Sénégal, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigéria, Ethiopie, Djibouti, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambie, Mozambique, Swaziland).
All the best,
Julien Martineau
jaycat
July 21, 2013 10:46 AM
Why is it billed as being for solo mandolin?
Larry S Sherman
July 21, 2013 10:59 AM
Quote from Julien Martineau: Thank you for your interest for my recording.
The CD is available on www.museclassique.fr with a 20 pages booklet.

All the best,
Julien Martineau
End Quote

Hi Julien,

I bought the download from Amazon. Do you have a link to download the booklet as well?

Best, Larry
Julien Martineau
July 21, 2013 12:05 PM
Hi Larry,
Please could you send to me your e-mail address at contact@julienmartineau.com ? I will send to you a pdf version of the booklet because the label doesn't diffuse digital booklet.
Best regards,
Julien
PS : for Jaycat, a picture of Gran Preludio autograph that shows the Calace's writing for solo mandolin

Jim Garber
July 21, 2013 01:47 PM
Quote from JFDilmando: You apparantly really have to like reverb.... so heavy that you can't even hear the individual notes in some cases..... ok if you are in a cavernous church, but I'm not thrilled about purchasing a recording to listen like I am 200 feet away in an echo chamber.... End Quote

That was my first impression from a quick listen online to the samples. The playing sounds impeccable but for me the microphone(s) are located a little too far from the player. I think I would want a little more intimacy with a solo performance. I will download it anyway and give is a good listen. An impressive undertaking and thank you so much, Julien!
johnbluegrass
July 21, 2013 02:18 PM
The reverb is just too much, almost nauseating, and all tracks are a lot slower than Gertrud Troster's version, by over a minute per track. However there is another CD, with the Quatuor Ambrosius which sounds better. It's also released by the same label, in fact the only CDs released by that label, so I'm guessing it's a self created label?
Larry S Sherman
July 21, 2013 07:10 PM
Beautiful playing. I don't mind the church recording.

Larry
jaycat
July 22, 2013 05:59 PM
I could have sworn I heard accompaniment -- guitar? viola? harpsichord? I guess it's the reverb after all?

Is the recording double tracked?
MB.
July 25, 2013 03:49 PM
Beautiful tone and an interpretation which emphasizes these preludes and their polyphony!
A cd to listen to absolutely!
Irénée
March 31, 2014 06:33 PM
... Ce serait super que tout cela puisse sortir en version CD !!!
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