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Modern Mandolin Quartet: The Nutcracker Suite and other arrangements from Delibes, Faure, Llobet & Vivaldi

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Selections from everyone's favorite
holiday ballet, Tchaikovsky's The
Nutcracker, newly arranged for
mandolin ensemble.
Other plucked string arrangements
on this disc include new
interpretations of Llobet's Four
Catalan Folksongs, Faure's
Pavanne, Vivaldi's Concerto in D
Major, and Delibes' Sous le Dome
Epais
The Modern Mandolin Quartet was
formed in 1985 to introduce
audiences to the modern mandolin
family of instruments and to
increase the repertoire of original
and arranged music for the
instrument.

Review

MMQ play dead-straight, spot-on,
and packed with freshness and
vitality of a kind that is rare in
material of this type. These are not
down-scaled, make-em-easy, just for-
kicks charts either they are a
Major Thing. TRIPLE MUST! --Fanfare Magazine

1. Canciones Populares Catalanas (13), folksong arrangements for guitar: El Noy de la Mare
2. Canciones Populares Catalanas (13), folksong arrangements for guitar: La Nit de Nadal
3. Canciones Populares Catalanas (13), folksong arrangements for guitar: El Testament d'Amelia
4. Canciones Populares Catalanas (13), folksong arrangements for guitar: Canço del Lladre
5. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Miniature Overture
6. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: March
7. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
8. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Russian Dance (Trepak)
9. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Arabian Dance
10. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Chinese Dance
11. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Mirlitons
12. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Waltz of the Flowers
13. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
14. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: Allegro
15. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: Largo
16. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: Allegro
17. Lakmé, opera: Sous le dôme épais (Flower Duet)

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  • Composer: Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Faure, Llobet, Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (October 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • ASIN: B0040Y7ETC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oscar O. Veterano on December 17, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Modern Mandolin Quartet-"Nutcracker Suite"-DORIAN sono luminus

Another stellar recording by a group, which, despite personnel changes, always manages to maintain a consistently high quality of musicianship. True to form, they've recorded a mixture of the familiar and works by lesser-known composers (at least to general music fans). In this case, Spanish guitarist Michael Llobet and French ballet and opera composer Leo Delibes are given the patented MMQ treatment, with very satisfying results, especially the Llobet compositions, written originally for the guitar.
While the inclusion of Vivaldi may strike some as an obvious choice (he did write for mandolin, after all), the results, as with the Gabriel Faure piece, are arraignments that are cleverly thought out, skillfully played and absolutely gorgeous.
It is with the inclusion of the title piece that we see how the use of the familiar (some might say overly familiar) can become an adventurous choice; there's hardly a person in the western world who doesn't know these tunes, so it would be easy for a new version to fall flat on its face. Instead, imagination and virtuoso playing have breathed new life into a much-loved piece of music, while adding new depth to the mandolin's repertoire.
An interesting selection of music, cleanly and clearly recorded, and lovingly performed, "Nutcracker Suite" should be on everybody's wish list. All in all, a terrific outing by a group that's become a national treasure. A genuine 10 on a scale of 10.

Oscar O. Veterano
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Francis on April 4, 2011
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I love the modern Mandolin Quartet, and when I saw this come out, I was delighted to hear it, and had to get it. You wont be sorry if you like classical with an acoustic and somewhat eclectic sound. It is great to be able to listen to the cuts before buying - check it out. They are very tight and in cync with each other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon W. Florey on March 14, 2013
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These are familiar pieces pleasantly presented, but there's enough complexity to keep me listening. If someone likes classical music and enjoys the mandolin, this is a great CD.
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By Artemis Gambon on January 2, 2015
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Fun!
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