Plucked String Ensembles
Carlo Aonzo, soloist and conductor
by Prof. Antonio Scuderi
The Laboratorio Musicale a Pizzico of Savona is a chamber ensemble
of plucked instruments. Its founder and director, Carlo Aonzo, is
a mandolinist of international acclaim.
The orchestra prides itself in its unique and vibrant performances.
Its musical interpretations are based on a total commitment to historical
accuracy, as well as an exploration of the cultural roots of the
mandolin and of plucked string orchestras.
The group's repertoire represents a rediscovery of forgotten works
of significant artistic merit by great composers. These various
works, that have proven to be greatly appreciated by modern audiences,
include: sonatas, Baroque symphonies, concerts, serenades, opera
arias and oratorios.
Lesser known artists stand alongside Vivaldi, Handel, Hasse, and
even Mozart in representing the great popularity that the Baroque
genre had in the churches, courts, concert halls, and salons of
the eighteenth century. This music is presented by the ensemble
in a unique way, adapted to plucked strings.
The Laboratorio Musicale a Pizzico is a chamber ensemble of mandolins,
mandolas, guitars, spinet, and string bass. Its members play in
the Orchestra a Pizzico Ligure (Ligurian Plucked String Orchestra)
that recorded "Vivaldi - Concerti
per mandolino, Concerti per orchestra." A review of the
CD (in Italian), along with an interview with Maestro Aonzo, who
discusses the group's repertoire, may be found here.
Musical excerpts on MP3 are also available at this site.
<<Carlo Aonzo's biography Ensemble