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    Default Complete recordings of Calace's works for liuto cantabile?

    Hello all,

    I'd love to hear a complete or complete-ish compilation of Calace's works for liuto for inspiration, but I can't seem to find one anywhere. Anyone have any leads? Happy to make a purchase, in case anyone thinks I'm asking for free stuff :-)

    Thanks all.
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    Default Re: Complete recordings of Calace's works for liuto cantabile?

    A selection of Calace's solo works for liuto was recorded by Fabio Giudice. I reviewed it in the May 2015 issue of the CMSA Mandolin Journal in my "Short Reviews" series. The review is reproduced below. If you want the artist's contact address PM me.

    Guidice, Fabio, “Raffaele Calace (1863-1934) opera per liuto cantabile solo"

    Also known as the “liuto moderno” (literally, modern lute) the liuto cantabile was invented in Italy in the late nineteenth century. Its five courses are tuned (bottom to the top) CGDAE, with the (low) C two octaves below middle C. As such, the liuto cantabile covers simultaneously the range of the mandocello (or mandoloncello as it was originally called in Europe) and the octave mandolin, slightly larger than the modern guitar. It is said that the liuto cantabile was Calace’s favorite instrument and it was the only instrument on which he personally recorded any of his compositions (in Japan in the 1920s). Calace wrote around twenty pieces for solo liuto cantabile; a concerto; and a handful of pieces for liuto and mandolin, and liuto and piano; plus numerous works in which the liuto figures as an ensemble instrument. This body of work characterizes almost the entirety of the solo music for liuto cantabile from the Golden Age; and it is fair to say that, until very recently, it had been almost entirely neglected in favor of Calace’s mandolin compositions. Of special importance are eight preludes that Calace penned for solo liuto cantabile, comparable in scope (and difficulty) to the far better-known ten that he composed for solo mandolin. Fabio Giudice is one of a number of Italian mandolinists, conservatory trained and highly accomplished, who are revisiting the golden age of Italian mandolin; without question, Giudice is one of the very best performers worldwide on the liuto cantabile. The recording under review features four of the preludes (#4, #6, #7, and #12) and six other solo works, including the wonderfully evocative “Barcarola” (op. 116) and (ditto) “Souvenir de Shaghai” (op. 140). Being a live recording it has an exciting, immediate presence. Musically, Guidice is rock solid, and his sound is deep and soulful. Absolutely essential to anyone who plays (or loves) liuto cantabile, I obtained a copy directly from the artist.
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    Wonderful review, and thanks for the lead! Unfortunately, my Google Fu doesn't seem equal to the task of finding a link to actually purchase this CD anywhere. Do you happen to know the publisher?
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    Default Re: Complete recordings of Calace's works for liuto cantabile?

    "Wonderful review, and thanks for the lead! Unfortunately, my Google Fu doesn't seem equal to the task of finding a link to actually purchase this CD anywhere."

    As my review/posting indicates, you need to contact the artist directly via email. If you want the email, PM me.
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    Default Re: Complete recordings of Calace's works for liuto cantabile?

    Ah, indeed it's plainly stated right there in your message. I've sent a PM, thank you!
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    Default Re: Complete recordings of Calace's works for liuto cantabile?

    I hope he will have copies at the Convention, it's always nice to purchase in person. And signed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Imhoff View Post
    I hope he will have copies at the Convention, it's always nice to purchase in person. And signed!
    Just had a quick chat with him, I believe he will indeed be bringing copies.
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