» Fantasia No.1


Fantasia No.1 by Takashi Ochi (1934-2010) can be described as one of those pieces from Japan that was clearly influenced by the Romantic Italian School. The work is similar in structure and musical phrasing to that of Raffaele Calace’s Preludes for Solo Mandolin. In fact, Fantasia No.1 can seem like a direct homage to Calace’s Prelude 1 & 2. Takashi Ochi moved to Germany in 1961 after being invited by Siegfried Behrend to teach mandolin in Saarbrücken. From 1961 to 1974 he was concert master and soloist of the Saarländisches Zupforchester, conducted by Siegfried Behrend and until 1990 for the famous, Deutsches Zupforchester. Ochi has recorded over 40 LPs and CDs for various record labels including Deutsche Grammophon. He was an important educator, composer & performer of the mandolin, who passed away on November 14, 2010.