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Neapolitan Cafe

Album Summary

>Salerno, N. : Tango del Mare
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti anni prima ("Ave Maria"), tango (from the film Enrico IV)
>Gelato, Quartetto : Mazurka
>Buzzi-Peccia, Arturo : Lolita "Spanish Serenade"
>Donida, Carlo : Al di La
>Dvorak, Antonin : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/1 (Op. 47/1)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/2 (Op. 47/2)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/3 (Op. 47/3)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/4 (Op. 47/4)
>Meanwell, George : Words That I Want
>Trombetta, T. : Criminal Tango
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
>Cozens, C. T. : The Clown of Venice
>Crescenzo, Vincenzo di : Rondine al nido, romance for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Rizzi : Waltz Brillante
>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
Performers Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

To say that Quartetto Gelato is eclectic would be an understatement. This group of multi-instrumentalists has built its reputation on the basis of a far-ranging repertoire that encompasses a multitude of musical genres, forms, and styles, seasoned with a healthy dose of quirkiness and humor. And underneath it all is the impeccable musicianship of each of the members. The offbeat instrumentation, which includes oboe, violin, cello, and accordion, lends the quartet a Mediterranean-style sound, but the overall result is difficult to categorize--is it "light" classical? Chamber-style Pop? It doesn't matter. The bottom line is that it's high quality music that's fun to listen to.

On NEAPOLITAN CAFE, the ensemble breezes through an assortment of tangos, waltzes, and mazurkas along with traditional Italian songs and even a bit of classic Italian pop. The album is anchored by Dvorak's Four Bagatelles, Op. 47, the group's expert reading of which carries just the right amount of insouciance, fitting them perfectly in with the rest of the program. Quartetto Gelato's approach of brushing aside musical pretension won't gain snob appeal, but it does offer an alternative to "serious" music.



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Works Details

>Salerno, N. : Tango del Mare
  • Performers: Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
  • Performers: Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Guitar); Peter Sotto (Violin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Mandolin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti anni prima ("Ave Maria"), tango (from the film Enrico IV)
  • Performers: George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gelato, Quartetto : Mazurka
  • Performers: George Meanwell (Guitar); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Mandolin); Quartetto Gelato; Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Mandolin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Buzzi-Peccia, Arturo : Lolita "Spanish Serenade"
  • Performers: Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Guitar); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Violin); Brian Barlow (Percussion); Joe Macerollo (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donida, Carlo : Al di Là
  • Performers: Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/1 (Op. 47/1)
  • Performers: Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Guitar); George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/2 (Op. 47/2)
  • Performers: Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Cello); Joe Macerollo (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/3 (Op. 47/3)
  • Performers: Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Guitar); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Mandolin); Quartetto Gelato; Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Violin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello & harmonium, B. 79/4 (Op. 47/4)
  • Performers: Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Guitar); Peter Sotto (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meanwell, George : Words That I Want
  • Performers: Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Guitar); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Violin); George Meanwell (Mandolin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Trombetta, T. : Criminal Tango
  • Performers: George Meanwell (Guitar); Peter Sotto (Violin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Mandolin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Quartetto Gelato
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
  • Performers: Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Guitar); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Quartetto Gelato
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cozens, C. T. : The Clown of Venice
  • Performers: Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Guitar); George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Cello); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Violin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Crescenzo, Vincenzo di : Rondine al nido, romance for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: George Meanwell (Guitar); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Peter Sotto (Violin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Mandolin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1920
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rizzi : Waltz Brillante
  • Performers: Peter Sotto (Violin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Cello); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Quartetto Gelato; George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
  • Performers: Peter Sotto (Violin); Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); Quartetto Gelato; Brian Barlow (Percussion); George Meanwell (Mandolin); George Meanwell (Guitar); George Meanwell (Cello); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958
  • Studio/Live: Studio