Carlo Aonzo TRIO

After “A Mandolin Journey”, musical tour through the continents, the Carlo Aonzo Trio - Carlo Aonzo on the Italian mandolin, Lorenzo Piccone on the acoustic guitar and Luciano Puppo on the double bass - is back, this time travelling along the Italian tradition to rediscover its peculiar soundtrack. Once again the main character is the mandolin which, in the personal unique modern and eclectic style of Aonzo, makes such repertoire surprisingly catchy and contemporary.

Il celebre mandolinista savonese torna a viaggiare, questa volta lungo la tradizione italiana. Attraversando l'intera penisola, Mandolitaly interpreta le pagine musicali simbolo della tradizione del Bel Paese nel mondo e colonna sonora di intere generazioni di italiani. Gli arrangiamenti del Trio creano nuove suggestioni, esaltando l'espressività dello strumento italiano per eccellenza, con inedite armonie in bilico tra passato e presente, con il gusto della contaminazione tra swing, jazz, ritmi complessi e forti influenze statunitensi e sudamericane.

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Through 4 Seasons

Through 4 Seasons

Carlo Aonzo & Ensemble Il Falcone

Carlo Aonzo plays Vivaldi Antonio Vivaldi's 4 Seasons for the first time ever played on the Mandolin. With this CD, Carlo Aonzo expresses all the potentialities of the mandolin, playing the virtuosic and impressionistic Vivaldi of the Four Seasons, demonstrating how the four double strings of the mandolin can distinctly express the adagios while giving rhythmic power and virtuosity to the fast tempos.

We took advantage of the freedom given by the baroque praxis and we orchestrated the basso continuo with a different instrument for each season. Specifically we used the guitar for “La Primavera”, the lute for “L’Estate”, the bassoon for “L’Autunno” and the bass flute for “L’Inverno”.

A special mention must be given to the venue where we recorded this album: Santa Chiara Monastery in Genoa, a place of a dazzling beauty. Thanks in part to the sixteenth-century acoustic vases imbedded in the frescoed ceiling, the resulting sound is extraordinary.

The recording was made using a stereo tube microphone and a tube microphone preamplifier, and the sound was not re-elaborated or compressed during mastering process.

Guido De Vecchi Ensemble “Il Falcone” (translated by Giulia Alliri)

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A Mandolin Journey

Carlo Aonzo Trio

A musical journey from the Italian tradition to jazz, from classical music to bluegrass: from Europe to America and back...

A voyage through European and American music, revisiting songs chosen from among the international evergreens. The music, which can be offered in different combinations, encompasses a variety of musical genres, from bluegrass to folk dances, from soundtracks to jazz and Brazilian music, from Italian melody to a review of the classical repertoire. A "Mandolin journey" to discover, in the company of this amazing instrument, the common roots of music.

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Antonio Vivaldi Concerti

Antonio Vivaldi Concerti per Mandolino e Concerti per Orchestra

This CD features the concertos of Antonio Vivaldi performed by virtuoso mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and his orchestra of plucked instruments recorded with the natural acoustics of the church of San Lorenzo in Torbi, Italy.

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Paganini duets for mandolin & guitar

Carlo Aonzo & Rene Izquierdo

This repertoire was chosen to evoke the atmosphere of intimate concerts in which Paganini himself enjoyed using the mandolin and guitar combination. Featuring Sonata Concertata, Centone di sonate 1, 2, 3 & 5, Grand Sonata.

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Mandolin Images

Fantasia Poetica


The 18th Century Mandolin



with Beppe Gambetta and David Grisman (Acoustic Disc 47), 2001

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Paganini Works for Mandolin & French Guitar

Classical mandolin Virtuoso DVD

Northern Italian & Ticino Folk Songs Book&CD

Raffaelle Calace - "Bolero"

Raffaelle Calace - Concerto N.2 III

Victor Kioulaphides' "Broadway '79"