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Nutcracker Suite

Modern Mandolin Quartet

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Album Review

This version of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" performed by The Modern Mandolin Quartet is magnificently orchestrated. It also features music from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Mozart's "Magic Flute," and guest appearances by Ransom Wilson on flute and Edgar Meyer on bass.

Biography

Formed: 1985

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

This ensemble was formed in the mid-'80s as the brainchild of Mike Marshall, an internationally acclaimed mandolin player best known for his work with David Grisman and Montreux. Marshall was looking for a way to bring respectability to an instrument primarily known for bluegrass and quaint folk tunes. Toward this end, he established a string-quartet-style group featuring the extended family of mandolin instruments. Marshall and Dana Rath play standard mandolins (which take the place of violins),...
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