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Mozart-Stallman: New Quintets for Flute & Strings [Single]

Robert Stallman , flute , Mozart , Not Applicable , Martinu Quartet Audio CD
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  • Performer: Robert Stallman, flute
  • Orchestra: Martinu Quartet
  • Conductor: Not Applicable
  • Composer: Mozart
  • Audio CD (October 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Bogner's Cafe
  • ASIN: B000WH8ZQM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Quintet in C, K.521: Allegro
2. Quintet in C, K.521: Andante
3. Quintet in C, K.521: Allegretto
4. Quintet in F, K.497: Adagio - Allegro di Molto
5. Quintet in F, K.497: Andante
6. Quintet in F, K.497: [Allegro]
7. Quintet in C, K.358: [Allegro]
8. Quintet in C, K.358: [Adagio]
9. Quintet in C, K.358: Molto Presto

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It may seem like a conjurer's trick, but it is actually the 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. --Fanfare Magazine

Robert Stallman is not only a virtuoso flutist but also a lifelong lover and scholar of Mozart. His arrangements of the Piano Sonatas preserve the simplicity and serenity of the originals while realizing, in the most natural and unobtrusive way, certain implications of Mozart's not very many notes. By opening up the scores, revealing new possibilities, Mr. Stallman has deepened our sense of this music. --Richard Goode, pianist

BRILLIANT STALLMAN...the American flutist Robert Stallman played with a liveliness and brilliance that was incomparable. It is a well-known fact that the flute was not one of Mozart's favorite instruments (perhaps he never heard but mediocre flutists) and I myself, thus joining good company, have never gotten very close with the instrument. However, after listening to a master like Stallman, even the most doubting should change their minds. --Kaleva, Finland

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great works by Mozart in a new light October 15, 2007
What an exhilharating experience it was for me--and undoubtedly will be for all lovers of Mozart's chamber music and the legion of flute fanatics--to listen to this CD. Robert Stallman--the American flutist who is the reincarnation of Jean-Pierre Rampal--has pulled off a magic trick with the finesse of a David Copperfield. He has transformed (rather than "transcribed") three of Mozart's 4-hand piano sonatas into quintets for flute and string quartet--thus, in one fell swoop, singularly enriching the flute chamber music repertoire with three "new" masterpieces by Mozart, while at the same time revealing the essentially polyphonic nature of these late keyboard works.

To top it off, Stallman is the flutist Mozart would have raved about, had he heard him play--instead of carping about the instrument's techincal limitations. The performances on this CD, played with the superb Martinu String Quartet, are--in a word--delicious.

Flutists and flute-music aficionados: at last, you have some more great music by Mozart in the flute repertoire to devour, besides the three omnipresent concertos and the flute quartets!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! December 14, 2007
I have never in my life heard a more gloriously original recording. This CD is as unique as the genius of Mozart. Virtuoso flutist and Mozart lover, Robert Stallman. has immersed himself in the musical genres of the classical era and discovered three of Mozart's rarely heard masterpieces which had the potential for being reconfigured as flute quintets.
Admirers of Mozart agree that this composer's genius has changed the course of the symphony, piano concerto and sonata in his short life of thirty-six years. We wonder what further influence he would have had on musical forms if he had lived to be middle-aged.
Robert Stallman has found a way to enrich the scope of Mozart's chamber works to include the flute quintet; a form which existed during the classical period. Stallman has not just adapted, but sensitively enhanced three rarely performed masterworks for four hand piano, of which many pianists are unaware, creating new repertoire for the flute and strings.
By involving the flute and strings, Stallman brings out sonorities which might have occurred to Mozart's vivid imagination before the composer wrote down the music on the page. This music is original both in the conception of the new arrangements, and in the distinctiveness of their interpretation. The "new repertoire" comes to life through both the sheer beauty of sound, expertly engineered by Brian Peters, and through the unique playing of the performers. Stallman's sensitive phrasing calls for unbelievable breath control and technique on the flute .The Martinu Quartet with Karel Untermuller bring out all the diverse voices in each work with masterful grace.
The thrilling prospect of augmenting the legacy of one of the world's most beloved composers has been realized, and now these three "newly discovered" works by Mozart can be performed and appreciated for years to come, thanks to the inspiration and artistry of Robert Stallman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Trove November 7, 2007
When archeologist Howard Carter broke through the seal of King Tut's tomb and peeked through the crack in the door, an assistant asked him: "What do you see." He replied: "I see wonderful things."

When I broke open the package of American flutist Robert Stallman's latest CD, and I listened to him perform his arrangements for flute and string quartet of three works by Mozart, originally for piano four-hands, my telephone rang. A friend asked me what I was listening to, and then she inquired: "Well, what did you hear?" I replied: "I heard wonderful things."

As a flutist who bemoans every day that Mozart wrote only a few works for the flute, each of which is pure gold, I found Stallman's CD was like a discovery and a revelation. His arrangements of these 4-hand piano sonatas into flute quintets are absolutely convincing. And his performances, together with the superb Martinu String Quartet, are like jewels.

Flutists rejoice! With this CD, Stallman has just increased the size of the entire Mozart flute repertoire by about a quarter.

Isabelle Chapuis
Principal Flute; Orchestra of Opera San Jose (CA)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful recording October 14, 2007
This CD was worth waiting for! Robert Stallman brings Mozart to life on an astounding level. I highly recommend this CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and Delighted August 5, 2008
Full disclosure: I began listening to this CD with trepidation. Some unknown guy messes about with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music - piano music, no less, and somehow cobbles up flute quintets in the process? Well, it works so amazingly that, to my mind, it's actually better than the original. My bet is that Mozart would be proud.

The pieces are happy, elegant and lovingly crafted. They ring with curative soulful vigor. I find that I am drawn to play this CD over and over without tiring, such are its unceasing charms. Mr Stallman is to be congratulated. These flute quintets, toiling under-the-radar, need a much wider hearing.
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