"What made Robert Stallman's flute recital at Alice Tully Hall Friday night such a satisfying one was more than just the variety
of the program; it was the way Mr. Stallman could bend the color and the character of his instrument to fit the music at hand."
NEW YORK TIMES
"The gifted flutist dominated the evening with stunning treatments of the solo role...Stallman swept through challenging
runs with astonishing ease while coloring lyrical passages with glowing tones."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
"Stallman is no ordinary virtuoso
of the flute, though virtuoso he emphatically is. He dazzles because of his penetrating artistry."
" He dazzles because of his penetrating artistry."
FOR "MOZART-STALLMAN: NEW QUINTETS FOR FLUTE & STRINGS"
"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...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."
FOR "NEW SCHUBERT WORKS FOR FLUTE
"I can't find the words to describe the delight I'm feeling as I listen...The transcriptions, like the flute and
string playing, are spot on...And they provide fresh insights into music I thought I knew all too well. The liner notes are
likewise brilliant...Bogner's Cafe continues in the service of the best that music can convey."
WWFM, The Classical
"He's a fabulous flutist and this is one of the finest solo flute recordings I've heard to date...Indeed no flute
fancier will want to be without it, nor should any contemporary collector overlook it."
John W. Lambert
"Stallman is a
wonderful flutist. He plays this very demanding music with ease, intelligence, and a lilting quality to his sound. This
is a very worthwhile recording, even for non-flutists!"
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
FOR "BACH SONATAS FOR FLUTE & HARPSICHORD" (Sonatas for Vln & Hpd, trans. Stallman)
"By comparison with the best violinists,
like Grumiaux, Kogan, and Mullova...Stallman's feeling for these pieces easily makes up for his instrument's inability to play the
violin's occasional double stops...In fact, his figuration in violinistic passagework sounds as natural as his flowing cantabilie
in the slow movements...Swanborn's pellucid harpsichord parts spin sinuous polyphonic complements to the 'solo' movements while they
provide the usual bass foundation -- and radiate the same humanizing warmth that distinguishes Stallman's playing."
"THE AMERICAN FLUTE"
"...the multiplicity of voices within that particular American musical niche afforded me a greater appreciation
of Stallman’s subtlety and, inside, his ability to enter and then reveal, via his sound, each composer’s personal garden...one of
the few who could take that still little known repertoire and really make it sing...”
FOR "SCHUBERT" (Stallman
transcriptions for flute & piano):
"To his golden roundness and transparency of sound, Robert Stallman fuses a warm and brilliant
energy, elegant suppleness of elocution and a sensitivity that conquers us all the more easily since his partner, Erika Nickrenz...answers
him in the same style. Here are two musicians, above all a source of poetry, in whose company we have the pleasure of reposing
in the arbor of Schubert's charms...a feast for the senses."
"The sonatina (D.408) is well known and deservedly
so; the sonata and fantasy much less so. All respond very well to the adaptations for flute and piano made by Stallman himself...a
newcomer to the music, unforewarned, could very readily suppose all of it to have been written for the flute, and not for the violin,
in the first place...it would be very difficult to imagine a performance by the original violin and piano which would be as effective
as this one...a winner."
“Lyrically singing out the ‘Arpeggione’, Stallman brings to this work an expanded view…providing
depth. Perhaps his deeply felt urge to sing has led him to Schubert.”
RECORD GEIJUTSU (Japan)
" His musical sense expresses itself through intelligent nuances and a
"BRILLIANT STALLMAN: 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...However, after listening to a master like Stallman,
even the most doubting should change their attitude."
"A flawless joy to the ear and spirit"
Stallman we have a choice musician and one of consummate virtuosity. His musical sense expresses itself through intelligent
nuances and a remarkable sonority..."
"Robert Stallman is one of the most gifted musicians I have ever encountered. In addition to being a flutist of great talent,
he possesses the gift of musical communication, and his passion for all that his art touches is without limit..."
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