New Schubert: Works for Flute & Strings — Robert Stallman, flute

by admin on January 10, 2011 · 6 comments

in Classical Recordings

by Anthony Kershaw

Ace flutist, Robert Stallman is Boston based and Paris trained. Stallman has made his career as a renowned teacher (New England Conservatory), soloist, chamber player and latterly, arranger of new repertoire for the flute. It is three of these superior arrangement/transcriptions that make up Stallman’s latest recording, ‘New Schubert — Works for Flute and Strings’.

The repertoire for the flute is not small, though many of us complain about the quality of much of it. No surprise, then, that Stallman goes for the big guns and arranges a piano sonata and two violin/piano sonatas from the master Schubert. The original works are gems and the shine remains, no doubt due to the superb arrangements and the first class performances. I followed along via the scores on IMSLP and soon forgot the original inspiration. As such, purchase the CD with the intention of listening to Schubert originals.

Stallman is joined by the expert players from the Martinu Quartet. They add a sense of occasion to the Quartets and Quintet because of flawless intonation and the very best tenets of chamber music practice.

Although a real musical collaboration, it must be said that Robert Stallman stars on this CD — his playing is superb in the repertoire. He is unfailingly musical, his tuning and technique are first class, and his tone demonstrates his Rampal/Marion training. He sounds much like his famous teachers, with the most sparkling sound and gorgeous phrasing.

The performances are scrupulously prepared but still sound improvisatory, perfect for Schubert’s grace and genius. As listener, you could enjoy these performances at a coffee house like Schubert’s Viennese local, Bogner’s, or in the most serious concert setting. Whatever your mood, they’ll inspire and uplift.

Stallman includes quotes about ‘heart’, ‘love’ and companionship in the liner notes. The three words are found in abundance between the musical sentences on this CD. Warmly recommended.

New Schubert Works for Flute & Strings

First Recordings of Sonatas in Transcription

Bogner’s Café, BOCA-103 (2009)
Playing Time: 66:56

Robert Stallman, flutist and arranger
Martinu Quartet
Karel Untermüller, viola

Quartet in E Flat Major, D.568
Quintet in A Major, D.574
Quartet in G Minor, D.408

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marvin fox 01.10.11 at 6:21 pm

Schubert wrote great chamber music including flute pieces like this one. Great sound and musical ability in Stallman ’s playing and creativeness.One to recommend.

admin 01.10.11 at 6:29 pm

For sure, Marvin. It’s a wonderful CD.

Cheers, a

Robert Stallman 01.10.11 at 7:19 pm

I’m happy you like my Schubert CD so much. Especially pleased that these re-creations appeal to you as having a life of their own. I like it that you looked over my shoulder with original scores! Let’s hope other flutists will want to play these beautiful and satisfying works. The G minor Quartet is out with Doblinger/Vienna. Meanwhile, a dozen+ additional Schubert transcriptions will be released in due course. Again, my special thanks for your warm appreciation!

Just to clarify, Marvin, while Schubert obviously liked the flute and gave it prominence in his orchestral scores, he actually wrote only one chamber work for flute (and piano), the Trockne Blumen Variations for his flutist friend, Ferdinand Bogner. As a youngster, he did arrange a trio with flute, by the Czech composer Matiegka, as a quartet (and never quite finished the final movement). It was precisely due to the scant repertoire Schubert wrote for flute that I was inspired to add these arrangements.
I’ll let engineer Brian C. Peters know you like the sound. I love his work.

admin 01.10.11 at 7:24 pm

Welcome, Robert, and thank you for your gracious comment.

Readers, if you want to discover more about Robert Stallman’s work, please check out his excellent website.

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