G.E. 21 Classical Mandolin Orchestras & Solos 1904-1938
There are seven cuts by Mandolin Orchestras from Spain & Italy, with as many as 65 performers involved. Of great note is a version of Francisco Tarrega's Capricho Arabe. Professor Cav. Raffaele Calace plays one of his original compositions with the flavor of Naples. Professor Angelo Alfieri offers the oldest piece presented here. He was the director of the Milan Mandolin Band from 1895 and started recording 100 years ago in 1899 on shellac cylinders before one sided and later two sided disc existed. American virtuosos Samuel Siegel, William Place Jr. and Valentine Abt offer solo pieces accompanied by Harp-Guitar and Piano. Giovanni Giovale from New York who is one of my favorites plays improvised scales at 10 1/2 notes a second in his "Dimmi che mi vuoi bene". Bernardo De Pace who was a child prodigy (when you play for Kaisers, Czars & Sultans before you're 18 years old that's the name you earn) pulls out every stop in his tour de force renditions.
For volume 2 see: G. E. 26 Classical Mandolin Orchestras and Solos 1915-1940 Vol. 2
For volume 3 see: G. E. 37 Classical Mandolin Orchestras and Solos 1930-50 Vol. 3
For Volume 4 see: G. E. 50 Classical Mandolin Orchestras and Solos 1935-55 Vol. 4
MANDOLINS, LIKE SALAMI: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF TWENTIETH CENTURY ITALIAN-AMERICAN MANDOLINISTS, AND A SOCIAL HISTORY OF MANDOLIN ORCHESTRAS, AND BALLO LISCIO REPERTOIRE IN NORTH BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO, AND THE BAY AREA by Sheri Mignano Crawford