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Chris Acquavella - Praeludium

By Mandolin Cafe
November 2, 2011 - 10:00 am

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Chris Acquavella - Praeludium

Chris Acquavella - Praeludium

Chris Acquavella has announced the release of his newest recording Praeludium, a mix of solo classical mandolin repertoire that ranges from from the baroque to contemporary.

"I wanted to show the mandolin community what the solo classical mandolin is all about and I'm very happy with the final product and the mix of composers represented," said Acquavella.

Praeludium is my attempt to introduce new audiences to this wonderfully charming music performed on my favorite instruments: the mandolin and baroque mandolino."

Fantasia No. 1
Captain O'Kane
Piccolo Gavotta
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemanda
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: II. Sarabanda
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: III. Giga
Serenata Op. 2
Moonlight On The Thames
El Duende
Partita No. 3: I. Preludio
Partita No. 3: II. Allemande
Partita No. 3: III. Courrente
Partita No. 3: IV. Aria
Partita No. 3: V. Giga
Partita No. 3: VI. Menuet
Bells Of Night
Polcha Variata

Listen: Praeludium, title cut from the recording.

Christopher Acquavella is a classical mandolinist & educator from San Diego, California. He graduated First Class Honors with a BMus (Hons) degree from Trinity College of Music in London, England. Chris studied under the instruction of Alison Stephens and participated in Master Class with Caterina Lichtenberg.

quote... powerfully emotive solo performances that pay homage to their historical origins through his own uniquely personal voice.quote

— David Grisman

He performs classical repertoire on both modern and baroque mandolins, using period techniques. Currently, Chris performs with guitarist, Nathan Jarrell as Duo LaRe, which released their 2010 debut album, In Other Words. Chris has performed with some great musicians such as Avi Avital, Alon Sariel, Jeremy Kurtz, Zura Dzagnidze, Alison Stephens, David Grisman & Mike Marshall.

Aside from chamber music, he concertizes as a soloist & orchestral musician with various orchestras throughout Europe and America such as Trinity String Ensemble (UK), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), E.G.M.A. (DE), New City Sinfonia (USA), Camarada Chamber Ensemble (USA) and the San Diego Symphony (USA). Chris is currently a member of the Ger Mandolin Ensemble, directed by Mike Marshall.

Chris Acquavella has performed & taught workshops at the CMSA Conventions, and at the 8th Annual Mandolin Symposium (2011). He is also a guitar/mandolin instructor at New Expression School of Music in San Diego and Buffalo Brothers in Carlsbad. Aside from teaching and performing on the mandolin, Chris spends time composing new works for mandolin & mandolin ensembles. Several of his works will soon be published by Haus der Musik Trekel.

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Plamen Ivanov
November 02, 2011 04:26 PM
I got my copy at the CMSA 2011 Convention. Amazing mixture of an American performer who studied in Great Britain + a German type bowlback made by a Canadian builder + a fine selection of pieces and wonderful playing. A must have CD.
Clement Barrera-Ng
November 02, 2011 05:11 PM
I love the CD as well, and have been listening to it regularly since I got it. I must admit that I wasn't that into classical mandolin playing prior to meeting Chris, but his playing, as well as his new CD, really turned me on to it. Highly recommended
November 03, 2011 05:24 PM
I downloaded Praeludium yesterday after reading about it here and have had a chance to listen to it several times. The performances are excellent and the timbres of Chris's two mandolins are very interesting. He picked some great pieces for this recording, most of which I had never heard. I highly recommend checking this recording out.
November 04, 2011 12:47 PM
This is a wonderful CD. Chris's enthusiasm for the mandolin and its repertoire is contagious. And his recordings are not just technically perfect, they are infused with musicality, dynamics, and excitement. Chris is teaching me how to really love the mandolin and its rich history through his recordings and teaching.
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