His arranging and composing techniques, especially his string writing, make him very well recognized on many records of today's pop – jazz/ Jazz commercial record publications.
Big record stars hired him for writing arrangements, including Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Cheo Feliciano, Luis Miguel, Eddie Daniels, Barry Manilow, and many others.
One of his most interesting works is the concerto for jazz clarinet and orchestra. He wrote it under the 1984 New York winter impression. With slight inflections from composers like Stravinsky and Bartók, it has 3 movements: Allegro, Adagio and Presto. Calandrelli earned for this work the "Wavedon Award" – All music composer of the year. Among others, he has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards and 22 Grammy Awards. Other credits include The Shining (1980, uncredited orchestrator), Tron (1982, orchestrator), The Color Purple (1985, adaptor and orchestrator), and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, composer, music producer).
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