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Mozart - Stallman: New Quintets For Flute And Strings


Release Date: 12/25/2007 
Label:  Bogner's Cafè   Catalog #: 102  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Stallman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu String Quartet

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It takes quite an act of courage to transcribe any Mozart. Also consider that these transcriptions are of pieces from the consummate mastery phase of Mozart’s career, and one has to conclude that the transcriber is either exceptionally foolhardy, or has something akin to a death wish. Robert Stallman has been adapting non-flute music for his instrument from the very start of his career. His motivations have been several: to enlarge the comparatively limited repertoire for his instrument; to bring to the public lesser known, but eminently worthy, music; and to explore the realm of musical possibility. Given what I hear here, Stallman has brought off all of those aims admirably. It may seem like a conjurer’s trick, but it is actually the Read more result of deep musical insight, an abiding appreciation of Mozart’s style, and, quite apparently, loving labor. Comparing these transcriptions with their originals will prove revelatory. The piano is a percussive instrument unable to sustain a tone in the manner of the winds or strings. By applying those sustaining instruments to Mozart’s voice leading in effect connects the dots, making Mozart’s harmonic structure really shine. Then there is the matter of Stallman’s flute-playing—effortless articulation, pellucid tone, and stylish phrasing. In this day and age, when so many authentic-instrument practitioners chop up the music’s long lines, Stallman makes them soar. The result is both an homage to Mozart and a case of musical illumination. Recommended to Mozarteans everywhere.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in C major, K 521 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Stallman (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: 
Arranged for flute and strings by Robert Stallman.
Violist: Karel Untermuller. 
2.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in F major, K 497 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Stallman (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: 
Arranged for flute and strings by Robert Stallman.
Violist: Karel Untermuller. 
3.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in B flat major, K 358 (186c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Stallman (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773-1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Notes: 
Arranged for flute and strings by Robert Stallman.
Violist: Karel Untermuller. 

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