Diferencias by Victor Kioulaphides performed by Alex Timmerman on the Mandoliola, the Alto Mandolin of the Mandolin family.
The Mandoliola used here is an Embergher Orchestra model No. 1 made in 1908 by the famous Roman luthier Luigi Embergher (1856-1943). It is played with the long Roman plectrum special developed for the Roman instruments of the Mandolin family as developed by Giovanni Battista Maldura, Giovanni De Santis and Luigi Embergher. The Roman Mandoliola, also named Mandola Contralto and/or Alto Mandolin, has a swinging stringlength (mensura) of about 375 mm. and is tuned cc, gg, dd, aa. Within the Mandolin family it has the same function as the Viola (or Alto Violin) of the Violin family.
Double Concerto for two mandolins and Orchestra (RV532) by Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) performed by the Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra Het CONSORT lead by Alex Timmerman. Soloists are Ferdinand Binnendijk and Sebastiaan de Grebber.
Here the concerto, with its three movements ‘Allegro – Andante – Allegro‘ is performed during a concertperformance by the Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra Het CONSORT (June 7th 2014, Amsterdam, NL). The soloists are two members of this orchestra, Sebastiaan de Grebber on the left playing an 1938 Embergher Model No. 7 soloist mandolin and Ferdinand Binnendijk performing on an 1933 Embergher Mod. No. 5 bis soloist mandolin. The orchestra members all use Embergher No. 5 bis and 6 soloist models.
The Andante Largo Op.5, No.5 by Fernando Sor (1778-1839) performed by Alex Timmerman on a 7-string Model No. 5 concert guitar made by Luigi Embergher in 1930. The tuning of the Heptacorde guitar is the same as that of the modern Spanish guitar (E-A-d-g-b-e’). The added extra lowest string, the 7th, ist tuned to a low D: one octave below the 4th string of the guitar. The advantage of the Heptacord above the normal 6-string guitar is thought to lay in its greater possibilities (chord harmonies, tone range etc.), its sonority and the overall warmer sound of the guitar.